8 years, 11 miles, 2 children
In 1990, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina began investigating the tragic case of a woman found dead along Interstate 40 in Hillsborough. Eight years later, and 11 miles away, tragedy struck the I-40 corridor in Orange County again. On Sept. 25, 1998, a small boy was found on a service road in Mebane.
While law enforcement has no reason to believe these two cases are connected, they do highlight a heartbreaking type of case agencies across the country investigate every day, the identification of unknown child victims.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is currently assisting law enforcement and medical examiners offices around the country with more than 650 cases.
These young people may have had friends and neighbors, classmates and teammates. Someone may have seen them walking to school, or going to work. They could have been in someone’s life every day, and then suddenly were not.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in identifying these two victims.
September 25, 1998
On Sept. 25, 1998 a maintenance crew discovered the body of a small boy while mowing the side of a service road in Mebane, N.C. known as Industrial Drive.
It has been 15 years since the boy was found and he remains unidentified.
Law enforcement believes the boy was white or Hispanic and between the ages of 10 and 12 years old. He likely died elsewhere and was moved to this location adjacent to Interstate 40 between Hillsborough and Greensboro sometime in the spring or summer of 1998.