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Officials: Child found dead over 40 years ago may have lived in this area

Investigators with the Greece Police Department in New York are asking for help to identify a child who was found dead back in 1976. They say he may have lived in our area. (NCMEC rendering)

Investigators with the Greece Police Department in New York are asking for help to identify a child who was found dead back in 1976, according to a news release from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

On March 9, 1976, the skeletal remains of a young child were found inside a blue metal storage trunk in the basement of an apartment complex in Greece, near Rochester, NY.

Testing on the child’s remains indicate that he may not have been local to the New York area, having likely spent the first years of his life in the northwest and the last years of his life in the southeastern part of the U.S., including South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, southern Mississippi, Louisiana and eastern Texas.

The young boy had brown hair and was found wearing a light blue pajama top with a deer design on the left chest area. He was also wearing a plastic diaper that was fastened with two stainless steel diaper pins, the release said.

He also had a prominent bulge to the back left region of his skull creating a large skull abnormality.

"While it’s not clear what caused it, it likely meant the child could not walk and had developmental deficiencies," the release said.

Anyone with tips should call NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

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