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NCMEC: Body Found in Greenbelt in 1981 Was Found Near Straightjacket

Updated: Wednesday, August 27 2014, 02:25 PM EDT

New information has been released about what items were with an unidentified child when his body was discovered in Greenbelt, MD in 1981.

According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) a straightjacket and blanket with the letters “U.S.” were found with him. NCMEC is asking anyone who worked in a medical facility in the early 80s, or anyone who has a missing family member who may have been placed in a medical facility to look at the artist’s sketch and call them at 1-800-843-5678 with any information.

The boy, estimated to be between 15 and 22 years old, was found in August 1981 along the side of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, not far from Forest Haven, an institution for developmentally disabled persons.

The body was wrapped in blue blanket. His ankles and right foot were wrapped in bandages and within a few feet of the body was a canvas straightjacket and a beige blanket with “U.S.” written on it, NCMEC reported. The center noted that "his teeth were severely decayed, crooked and uneven."

Despite making contact with local hospitals and looking into missing persons reports in 1981, the Park Police were not able to ID the victim. Fingerprints were sent to the FBI but no matches were found.

In 2011 the NCMEC was asked for assistance and met with Park Police Detective Monique Pettett to discuss the investigation. The detective has since submitted a sample of the boy’s hair for DNA testing, contacted 52 U.S. states and jurisdictions requesting the John Doe’s fingerprints be searched through each fingerprint database and entered the case in national missing and unidentified person databases.

Anyone with any information on the case is asked to call NCMEC at 1-800-843-5678.

NCMEC: Body Found in Greenbelt in 1981 Was Found Near Straightjacket


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