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Case File: 1902UMPA

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Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: August 6, 1980
  • Location of Discovery: Plymouth Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
  • Estimated Date of Death: Unknown
  • State of Remains: Unknown
  • Cause of Death: Unknown
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: Newborn
  • Race: Unknown
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: Unknown
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Unknown
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
  • Dentals: Not available.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Unknown
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Unknown
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    On Wednesday, August 6, 1980, at around 2:40 pm, a bulldozer operator at the West End Landfill in Larksville was spreading garbage when he saw what he thought was a doll in the mounds of trash. He stopped the bulldozer and took a closer look. What he thought was a doll turned out to be the body of a baby.

    An autopsy determined that the male child had been born alive. He had lived for 24 to 72 hours after his birth. His death was "due to acts of omission in that the infant was not provided proper care at birth". Manner of death was ruled "a homicide by acts of omission" according to Coroner's records.

    Based on the content of the trash in the area where the boy's body was found, it is possible that he came from Kingston, Larksville, Courtdale, Wilkes-Barre, Wyoming or the Berwick area.

    Former Luzerne County deputy coroner Andrew Strish kept the child's remains for almost two weeks at his funeral parlor, hoping that someone would come forward. When no one did, Mr Strish provided the funeral. The baby was buried on August 18, 1980 in St. Anthony of Padua's Cemetery. His gravesite is in a remote area, away from the other graves. The marker on the grave reads: "Baby Boy Aug. 1980."

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Pennsylvania State Police - Troop P - Wyoming
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 570-697-2000

  • Agency Case Number: N/A
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: Not listed
  • Former Hot Case Number: 946
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • Pennsylvania Missing
  • Kentucky Post News Archive
  • Times Leader News Archive

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