In the summer of 1912, a four-year-old boy named Bobby went missing and everyone, including his parents, thought he was kidnapped.
A manhunt ensued and eight months later, Piercy and Lessie Dunbar got their son back. It seems a happy story – except that he wasn’t Bobby.
A DNA test done 94 years after the incident showed that the boy Piercy and Lessie welcomed back into their Louisiana home was Bruce Anderson of Mississippi.
The truth wasn’t uncovered until Bruce’s granddaughter found old newspaper clips about the missing boy.
Bobby was thought to have been kidnapped because of rumors that a suspicious-looking stranger had been frequently seen wandering in the neighborhood.
A monetary reward was put up to find the Bobby.
Eight months after the search began, Piercy and Lessie received information that a boy fitting Bobby’s description was seen in Mississippi.
William Cantwell Walters, a handyman in whose care the boy was found, was arrested for alleged kidnapping.
Julia Anderson, the boy’s mother, tried to stop the authorities from taking the boy but she could not afford to wage a court battle.
As Bruce grew up in the Dunbars’ home, he began to forget the past and went on to assume Bobby’s identity until he died.
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