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Boy in the Box
Sex Male
Race White
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Found February 25, 1957
Unidentified for 61 years
Postmortem interval Days
Body condition Recognizable face(B)
Age approximation 3-6
Height approximation 3' - 3'3
Weight approximation 30 pounds
Cause of death Beating

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Boy in the Box (also known as America's Unknown Child and The Fox Chase Boy) is the nickname given to a boy found murdered in the Fox Chase area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1957.


Due to the cool weather, a time of death could only be given between a couple of days to a few weeks. However, due to the rain between the week of February 18-25 (and the lack of water damage to the card board box he was discovered in), it is hypothesized he was killed in the timeframe of the earlier estimate.

The child's body was found nude, wrapped in a Native American style blanket cut in half. He was placed in a cardboard box, which led to his nickname. The boy had been beaten severely, as many bruises were visible on his body. Severe bruising of the face pointed to blunt force trauma as the cause of death.

Despite an exhausting investigation of countless leads by police and high publicity of the case, the boy still remains unidentified, and the case is considered cold. However, there exists a 24-hour hotline to a special task force in charge of the case to provide tips, and callers can remain anonymous if they wish.



  • He may have been Steven Damman Rule Out
  • He may have been Frederick HolmesRule Out
  • He may have been the son of a mentally ill woman and her stepfather, who ran a foster home with his wife less than a mile from the discovery site. Rule Out
  • He might have been a child at the foster home before his murder. Rule Out
  • He was possibly a boy named "Jonathan", who was allegedly purchased from his birth parents, sexually abused, and later murdered by the mother of an anonymous woman called "M".Rule Out
  • He may have been raised as a girl before his murder, as the unprofessional haircut may have been done in haste to conceal his identity.
  • He may have been a recent immigrant to the United States from Europe.

Media appearances

  • His case appeared on America's Most Wanted