PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- A decades-old question was finally answered Thursday morning: Who is "The Boy in the Box?"
Philadelphia Police Commissioner, cracking a mystery that has bewildered the nation for years.
The press conference identifying "The Boy in the Box" is being streamed on CBS News Philadelphia and began at 11 a.m.
On Wednesday,be expected from Thursday's announcement.
the boy. At that time, department sources said the possibility of arrests still existed.
Thewas found along a Fox Chase roadside in February 1957. A bassinet box held the badly beaten remains.
Investigators were desperate early on to find his name.
Posters were distributed by the thousands across the city.
Despite exhaustive efforts, police were left empty-handed.
CBS3 has closely followed the investigation and kept the.
Last year, Philadelphia police granted CBS3 an exclusive interview.
Now retired former detective Sgt. Bob Kohlmeier talked about the persistence of police.
"Who is the child? What is his name?" Kohlmeier said in April 2021. "Can we at least give him a name?"
Philadelphia Police Capt. Jason Smith last year talked about the many unknowns that have haunted investigators.
"Might there still be witnesses around? There could be," Smith said. "Absolutely. Might there still be a perpetrator that's still alive? Possibly. Could be."
The break in the case is due to major advances in technology -- theand matches in genealogy databases.
Department sources say while they will take questions on the investigation, there is still a lot they won't be able to share.
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