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Case File: 437UMNC

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Artistic renderings of the victim; Victim's shoes

Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: September 25, 1998
  • Location of Discovery: Mebane, Orange County, North Carolina
  • Estimated Date of Death: Several months prior - as early as April 1998
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton
  • Cause of Death: Unknown
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 10-12 years old
  • Race: White, possibly Hispanic
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 4'7" to 4'11"
  • Weight: 50-80 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Dark brown, straight, fine and 3 to 4" in length
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
  • Dentals: Available. He had no dental fillings but teeth 3, 4, 13, 14, 19, 29, 30 had preventative sealants on the surfaces to help prevent cavities and decay: no cavities; teeth 4, 13, 20 decidious. He had a slight overbite and his upper canine teeth were high erupting canines, which are commonly referred to as "fang teeth." These teeth may have been noticeable to others when he smiled or spoke.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Available in CODIS.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Khaki Fox Polo Club shorts (size 13 with a 27" waist), white tube socks, white brief underwear, and black and white 2XS Sports athletic shoes (size 3) with very little wear. No shirt was found.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Cash of $50 inside short's pockets (two $20s and one $10).
  • The child's body was found near a billboard sign along Industrial Drive which is a service road adjacent to Interstate 85 and Interstate 40, although not immediately or easily accessible from the interstate.

    There were no signs of foul play, no trauma to the body, and no blood on the clothing.

    He may have been part of a migrant worker group that populates the area every harvest.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (North Carolina)
  • Agency Contact Person: Clyde Gibbs
  • Agency Phone Number: 1-919-966-2253
  • Agency Name: Orange County Sheriff's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: Tim Horne
  • Agency Phone Number: 919-644-3050

  • Agency Case Number: ME: 98-6796; NCMEC: 1104001
  • NCIC Case Number: U174662253
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #5971
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • NCMEC
  • Orange County Sheriff's Office
  • NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • News Observer Archive (12/4/06)
  • News of Orange County Archive

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    Added: 1/15/06; Last Updated: 1/5/15 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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