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.