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Police reveal ID of Philly slain 'Boy in the Box'

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: PART NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WPVI-TV/6ABC; NO ACCESS PHILADELPHIA; NO ACCESS WLVT-TV; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSASSOCIATED PRESSPhiladelphia - 8 December 20221. Various of cemetery containing remains of Joseph Augustus ZarelliHEADLINE TEXT: Philly's slain 'Boy in the Box': 66 years later we know his name.WPVI - NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WPVI-TV/6ABC; NO ACCESS PHILADELPHIA; NO ACCESS WLVT-TV; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSPhiladelphia - 8 December 20222. Newspaper clipping of victim on Powerpoint ++PARTIALLY COVERED++ 3. SOUNDBITE (English) Danielle Outlaw, Philadelphia Police Commissioner:"In February of 1957, the body of an unidentified child was discovered inside of a box in a wooded area near Susquehanna Road in northeast Philadelphia. The boy appeared to be malnourished and his body bore the signs of recent and past trauma. The story of who would come to be known as 'America's Unknown Child' has haunted this community."++PARTIALLY COVERED BY SHOT #5++ 4. SOUNDBITE (English) Capt. Jason Smith, Philadelphia Police Department:"Based on research by detectives and the genealogists, a male was discovered who could possibly be the birth father of the unidentified child. Detectives were able to locate and make contact with possible relatives of the child's family on the paternal side. Through additional testing, the genealogists were able to establish the birth father of the unidentified child.Based on the facts presented and the conclusions of the genetic genealogists. The Death Certificate for the Unknown Child O-M-E number 57-0863 would be amended to reflect the child's birth name Joseph Augustus Zarelli. Joseph's date of birth is January 13th, 1953. I'm hopeful that there's somebody who is in their in their mid to late seventies, possibly eighties, who remembers that child. The child did live until a little over the age of four years old. We have our suspicions as to who may be responsible. But it would be irresponsible of me to share these suspicions as this remains an active and ongoing criminal investigation. We may not make an arrest. We may never make an identification. But we're going to we're going to do our darnedest to try."ASSOCIATED PRESSPhiladelphia - 8 December 20225. Various of cemetery containing remains of Joseph Augustus ZarelliSTORYLINE:His name was Joseph Augustus Zarelli.Nearly 66 years after the battered body of a young boy was found stuffed inside a cardboard box, Philadelphia police say they have finally unlocked a central mystery in the city's most notorious cold case: The victim's identity.Revealing it to the public Thursday, authorities hope it will bring them a step closer to the boy's killer and give the victim — known to generations of Philadelphians as the "Boy in the Box" — a small measure of dignity.The city's oldest unsolved homicide has "haunted this community, the Philadelphia police department, our nation, and the world," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a news conference.Police say detective work and DNA analysis helped them finally learn Joseph's name. The homicide investigation remains open, and authorities said they hoped releasing Joseph's name would spur a fresh round of leads.Police said both of Joseph's parents are dead, but he has living relatives.The child's naked, badly bruised body was found on Feb. 25, 1957, in a wooded area of Philadelphia's Fox Chase neighborhood. The boy, who was 4 years old, had been wrapped in a blanket and placed inside a large JCPenney bassinet box. Police say he was malnourished. He'd been beaten to death.The boy's photo was put on a poster and plastered all over the city as police worked to identify him and catch his killer.Detectives pursued and discarded hundreds of leads — that he was a Hungarian refugee, a boy who'd been kidnapped outside a Long Island supermarket in 1955, a variety of other missing children. They investigated a pair of traveling carnival workers and a family who operated a nearby foster home, but ruled them out as suspects.An Ohio woman claimed her mother bought the boy from his birth parents in 1954, kept him in the basement of their suburban Philadelphia home, and killed him in a fit of rage. Authorities found her credible but couldn't corroborate her story — another dead end.All the while, the boy's missing identity gnawed at police officials, generations of whom took up the case.Originally buried in a pauper's grave, the boy's remains now lie just inside the front gate at Ivy Hill Cemetery, under a weeping cherry tree, and a headstone designates him as "America's Unknown Child." Services have been held there each year on the anniversary of the boy's discovery inside the box.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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