Artist’s Rendition” Baby Horry”
Unidentified White Male Infant
Date Found: December 4, 2008
Location: near Conway, Horry County, SC
Birth Range: November/December 2008
Approximate age at time of death: newborn – a few hours to a few days
Narrative: The newborn infant was found in the woods off of Meadowbrook Drive, just outside Conway, SC on December 04, 2008. The infant was found in a blue and white colored Bath & Body Works tote bag.
Bath & Body Works Tote Bag
Police urge the public to look for any signs they may remember in women who may have been the mother of the baby. Look for a woman who may have been pregnant in December of 2008. Signs she may have shown after the birth: she may have suffered from dizzy spells, fainting episodes, excessive crying, oversleeping, and an extended menstrual cycle – lasting two weeks or longer. She may have shown these signs in January 2009.
Contact: Sergeant Chip Squires, Horry County Police Department at 843.915.8031
Police hope Baby Boy Horry anniversary brings big break
Nov 29, 2010
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Nearly two years after the discovery of a box containing the body of a newborn baby in Conway, Horry County Police say they have yet to identify the parents of the young child.
The child, who was later named Baby Boy Horry, was found on Dec. 4, 2008 by two utility workers in a wooded area off of Meadowland Drive. The discovery rattled both the surrounding community and investigators.
“The pathologist and autopsy told us this child was very viable,” Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said. “If it would have had a little bit of medical attention that a newborn needs when it was delivered, this child would most likely be with us today.”
When the child’s body was discovered in 2008, investigators said it was wrapped in a Bath and Body Works tote bag and stashed in a box. Nearly two years after the discovery, soiled stuffed animals, a weathered cross and baby toys mark the spot of the grim discovery.
“In the beginning, there were a lot of leads [and] tips coming in,” Sgt. Robert Kegler with the Horry County Police Department said. “They’ve trickled off immensely.”
While investigators say they do receive occasional tips relating to the case, Kegler said recent tips have not been concrete enough to lead to the identity of Baby Boy Horry or his parents.
“We are still following any leads that come into our police department and working on those as they come in,” he noted.
Investigators hope the second anniversary of Baby Boy Horry’s discovery will be enough to jog someone’s mind and bring closure to the case.
Edge says a memorial service for Baby Boy Horry has been planned for Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. The service, which is open to the public, will be held at the child’s grave site inside of the Hillcrest Cemetery in Conway.
“We’re trying to keep the memory alive and hope that may draw someone forward in giving us some information [as to] who this baby is,” Edge said.
Whether or not remembering the anniversary of Baby Boy Horry will bring new information in the unsolved case is anyone’s guess. However, both Kegler and Edge says somewhere there is a mother who’s wondering what could have been.
“We know that you miss your child,” Kegler said. “This is a hard thing for you, as well. We just urge you to come forward.”
“It has got to be on her mind every day that she deserted this baby and the baby didn’t live,” Edge added.
Anyone with information on the unsolved Baby Boy Horry case or location of his parents is asked to call Horry County Police immediately. Any and all tips will remain anonymous.
If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons using the contact form below or contact Cue Center at (910) 343-1131 24 hour tipline (910) 232-1687.
All information submitted to CUE Center For Missing Persons is confidential.
All of their faces seem to make the same appeal: Can you help solve my case?
On the six of diamonds is the face of Erika Cirioni, who disappeared in Norwich in 2006.
An unidentified John Doe, whose body was recovered from the Connecticut River by Old Saybrook police in 1998, is the nine of hearts.
The ace of clubs belongs to Janette Reynolds, who was last seen hitchhiking in Colchester in 1978, and whose body was found the following year in the City of Groton.
The playing cards, highlighting 52 unsolved homicides and missing person cases, are being distributed among the 18,250 inmates in the state’s 17 correctional facilities. The Chief State’s Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Department of Correction and law enforcement agencies created the cards.
Each card has a picture of the missing person or victim, along with a description of the case and a phone number where callers can leave an anonymous tip.
Carol Cirioni, Erika’s mother, was present Monday at the unveiling of the playing cards at the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office in Rocky Hill. She hopes the cards will give her and Erika’s two sons some answers.
Erika Cirioni was last seen on Dec. 31, 2006 on Division Street in Norwich.
“Her two sons need her so badly,” said her mother. “They miss her so much. We can’t even celebrate New Year’s Eve because that is when Erika disappeared.”
She continues to buy Christmas gifts for the daughter who she says was a bit troubled but would never abandon her children, now 13 and 9.
“I think something terrible happened,” said Cirioni. “I know someone out there has information on what happened to her. If they are any type of a human being, they would come forward.”
Leo C. Arnone, commissioner of corrections, said he hopes the cards will trigger new information from inmates.
“Somebody out there somewhere knows what happened in these cases,” said Arnone. “We’re hoping that these cards will generate new information to help solve these crimes.”
Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane said there are between 400 and 500 unsolved homicides and disappearances. The cases depicted on the cards were selected with the help of local law enforcement agencies and the state’s Cold Case Unit.
“Some of these cases are homicides committed by people who may have committed other homicides or will commit another homicide in the future,” Kane said. “These families are living with the loss of a loved one, hoping to find some answers.”
Beth Profeta said: “Twenty-six years ago my mother was murdered.”
Her mother, Mary Badaracco, of Sherman, was last seen Aug. 20, 1984.
“My family was killed on that day, too,” Profeta said. “We need to solve this case now. If an inmate out there has information, please come forward.”
Badaracco has been presumed dead even though her remains have never been found.
Gloria Jean Bell describes herself as a “dead woman walking.” Her son, Edward Bell Jr., was killed just a short distance from their Hartford home on May 6, 2005.
“I heard the gunshot and there I saw my son lying on the ground in the rain,” said Bell. “They killed me that night.”
Placement of the victims on the cards was done at random, Kane said. Featured on the king of hearts is William Spicer Jr., who was 82 when he was killed on his tree farm on Thomas Road in Groton in 1995.
Desiree Michaud is on the queen of clubs. She was found murdered inside a motel room on Route 184 in Groton in 1984.
The $12,250 cost of producing the playing cards was financed by criminal asset forfeitures, not taxpayer money.
The cards are modeled after decks distributed to U.S. troops in Iraq shortly after the 2003 invasion. The decks there featured the names and likenesses of that country’s most wanted fugitives, including Saddam Hussein as the ace of spades.
At least 20 other states are using “cold case” playing cards to help solve cases that seem to have no new leads.
The first round of cards will be distributed free of charge to the inmates. The cards will eventually be the only playing decks available to inmates for purchase for 64 cents at a prison commissary. Posters will also be distributed at police stations.
“All of these cases involve the disappearance or death of somebody’s loved ones,” said Kane.