Bibb Co. investigators trying to solve 55-year-old mystery

Published: Jun. 3, 2016 at 1:37 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2016 at 2:18 AM CDT
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BIBB COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - A nearly 60-year-old mystery in Centreville could soon be solved with advancements in technology.

On March 27, 1961, a young teen boy was hitchhiking and picked up along Highway 25 south of Wilton, near the Shelby-Bibb County line. Investigators say a short time later, the driver of the car lost control on River Bend Road in Centreville.

He went over the bridge and crashed into the river. He survived but the young boy did not.

"At that point and time, they were not able to find relatives of the boy. So the community came together and were able to bury him," said Scott Cox, Bibb County's Deputy Coroner.

The young boy was estimated to be 14 to 17 years old. The boy told the driver he ran away after his parents separated.

He was wearing a Timex wrist watch and had a suitcase full of clothes and pack of Pall Mall cigarettes with a South Carolina tax stamp on it.

"It would be a great thing to actually put a name with this person," Cox said.

Next week, investigators are scheduled to exhume is body and extract his DNA.

The DNA will be set to a lab for analysis at the University of North Texas. Investigators are hoping advancements in technology will help solve this decades-old case.

"If he's got any living relatives that have been wondering all these years what happened to their brother, son, cousin? To actually reunite someone that's still living so they can finally put closure to something they've been wondering about all their life," Cox added.

Authorities say the boy was approximately 5'6'' tall with light brown hair and blue eyes.

The boy also had a homemade tattoo with the words "R.Y. in love or "R + Y in love" on his left arm.

Anyone that can help identify the boy is asked to call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.

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