Oregon’s coldest ‘Doe’ case solved after dead boy’s sibling found through genetic genealogy – KIRO 7 News Seattle
, 2021-07-02 02:00:00,
ASHLAND, Ore. — For nearly 58 years, the boy has simply been known as Ashland Baby Doe, or the Keene Creek Boy.
An Oregon man fishing in the Keene Creek Reservoir near Ashland the evening of July 11, 1963, hooked what he initially thought was a discarded bundle of blankets. When he reeled his catch in, however, he made a startling discovery.
He had snagged the body of a toddler, wrapped in multiple layers of bedding. The aqua blanket and handmade patchwork quilt were bound with wire and weighted down with iron molds, according to Jackson County Sheriff’s Office officials.
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The child, estimated to be between a year and 2 years old, appeared to have characteristics of Down Syndrome or another genetic abnormality. His cause of death could not be determined, though his death was deemed suspicious because of how he was found.
The boy was buried in a cemetery in Medford, his name listed as John Doe.
“Name known only to God,” the original marker read.
Jackson County authorities on Monday announced that cold case detectives, with the help of genetic genealogists, have positively identified the boy as Steven “Stevie” Alexander Crawford, who was born in October 1960 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The boy, who had been in the water for months, was 2 years old when he died, authorities have determined.
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