The little boy was found dead in a stream on July 11, 1963; they have not been able to identify him despite multiple attempts.
The body of a 2-year-old boy was identified after more than half a century by authorities in Jackson County, in the state of Oregon, United States.
On Monday, the county Sheriff's Office identified the boy as Stevie Crawford, who was found dead in a creek on July 11, 1963. It had disappeared in New Mexico, hundreds of miles from where a fisherman discovered it. He was wrapped in blankets, tied with wires, and they hadn't been able to find his ID ever since.
In 2008, many years after the case was lost, detectives with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office found an old file while cleaning several boxes of archived cases.
Jim Tattersall, who was serving as a special investigator for the Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office at the time, dusted off the case and worked on it alongside Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan, also now retired.
"This case just went unnoticed," Tattersall said. When I took the file to the detective sergeant, he said, 'That's not a good thing. We have to fall into this.
Both were ordered to have their bodies exhumed, and forensic dentists and other specialists discovered that the boy may have Down syndrome. DNA samples were taken, and reconstructed.
"We created Cranial Reconstruction, an image that has been widely distributed at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children," Fogen explained."The day we opened that file and saw this three-dimensional image of this child, it was very emotional for us as researchers. We had adopted him as our son and named him Keene Creek Boy. "
Despite the efforts of detectives, they could not find any more relevant clues, and the boy remained unidentified for several more years. In that period, the two agents involved even retired.
"It will be a chance in a million if this shows up as identification," Tattersall went on to say. "We all thought that was it, that we would never hear more about the case. We thought we would probably die before something relevant came up. "
However, late last year, the baby's DNA matched what would have been one of his sibling's thanks to a genealogy study. As a result of that finding, it was also discovered that he had a birth certificate in the name of Stevie Crawford, born on October 2, 1960, in Doña Ana County, New Mexico.
Interestingly, when Tattersall retired, he moved to Colorado and later to the Rio Rancho area in Sandoval County, New Mexico. So when he found out that they had finally identified him, he said it was astonishing to learn that the case had roots in the same place where he now resides. Fagan, now 58, said it was a relief to know the name, but there were still many questions to be answered.
There will always be questions that stay in my mind. How did this little guy get to the Cascade Mountains of southern Oregon in 1963? Under what circumstances did he die?", He questioned. He was well dressed and wrapped in a maid's quilt. It didn't seem like someone had just thrown it away. "
Fagan and Tattersall said none of this would have been possible without the help of so many hard-working professionals on the case. Now, they look forward to the day when little Steve, once Baby Doo, was buried with his official name.
Authorities say Stevie's mother died, and the father's name and whereabouts have also been unknown since then. But, according to Fagan, the other family members have already been notified. They plan to relocate him to a family plot in New Mexico.
"He will be buried with his family. At least that makes me feel great," Tattersall said.