Five years after a young boy was found dead in a dumpster, police and the FBI are trying again to find out who he is. As Houston Public Radio’s Jack Williams reports, the case of “Beloved Doe” has haunted investigators who haven’t been able to find his family.
The body was found wearing a diaper and wrapped in an blanket. It was stuffed inside a red and white checkered plastic bag. “Beloved Doe” had been dumped In the trash near an apartment complex in March of 2003. Since then, investigators haven’t been able to find out much about the boy. The medical examiner says “Beloved Doe” was white or Hispanic, between 3-6 years old. Andrew Bland is Special Agent In Charge of the FBI’s Houston office.
“You know, I have a 3-year-old son and a 13-year-old son and any of you that have children can understand how lonely it must have been for this young child to have been killed and deposited in a dumpster, in a dumpster. No one deserves that kind of treatment. No one deserves that type of treatment. So, we’ll do all those things necessary again to ensure we maximize resources being brought to bear relative to this case.”
Investigators say the boy was severely malnourished and dehydrated. He also showed signs of surgical procedures on his stomach and neck. Houston Police Detective Michael Dirden has worked on the Beloved Doe case for five years.
“Over that time period we have worked diligently with the Texas Rangers and the FBI in trying to get additional information to solve the case and the fact of the matter is we’re at the point right now that we’ve run out of information that we can use as workable leads and that’s why we have appealed to the public in this manner.”
Houston Crime Stoppers and the FBI have offered a total reward of $25,000 for information to help solve the Beloved Doe case. Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt hopes the public can help.
“In addition to law enforcement and the media, we’re asking members of our community to think back to 2003 in March at the time that this young person was discarded in the garbage like another bag of trash, that we hold people accountable that were responsible for this terrible, terrible act.”
Investigators concede the boy may have had some sort of medical condition that lead to his death. He was found in a dumpster at the Willow Creek Apartments, near the intersection of the Gulf Freeway and South Loop in Southeast Houston.