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Man claims to be boy missing since 1955

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Man claims to be boy missing since 1955

Post by Pedro Silva on Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:20 am

Today: A man has come forward claiming to be a boy who vanished in New York more than 50 years ago. The FBI is now conducting its own DNA tests.

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Post by sadie on Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:39 am

Pedro Silva wrote:Today: A man has come forward claiming to be a boy who vanished in New York more than 50 years ago. The FBI is now conducting its own DNA tests.

WOW! Thanks for that news, Pedro. Shows there is always hope.
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Post by littleminx on Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:43 am

sadie wrote:
Pedro Silva wrote:Today: A man has come forward claiming to be a boy who vanished in New York more than 50 years ago. The FBI is now conducting its own DNA tests.

WOW! Thanks for that news, Pedro. Shows there is always hope.

this is fantastic!! sadie you are so right there is always hope x

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Post by vee8 on Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:01 am

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/06/17/lost-boy-is-found-after-54-years-115875-21447128/

When toddler Steven Damman vanished 54 years ago, his devastated parents gave up all hope that their son would one day be found alive.
More than 2,000 searchers were involved in the hunt for the two-year-old as the city where he vanished was plastered with "missing" posters.
Police even drove his mum Marilyn around the neighbourhood crying "Stevie, where are you?" from a speaker.
The case baffled detectives for more than half a century as their desperate hunt came to nothing - until now.
A middle-aged man has come forward saying he is the boy who disappeared from outside a New York store while his mother bought a loaf of bread in 1955.

The police would not say why the unnamed man, from Michigan, believes he is the missing boy. But results of DNA tests, due in a month, could confirm his claim.
Steven's father Jerry, now 78, yesterday said: "Naturally, you kind of give up after that long, but anything's possible.
"I don't know to this day what truly happened and I don't know enough about what is going on now. To a certain extent, this would probably close it."
Marilyn, who is now separated from Jerry, refused to comment on the latest twist.
After the disappearance, Steven's parents returned to their hometown in Iowa with his seven-month-old sister Pamela.
At that time, a poster of Steven showed a chubby, smiling, blond boy, who was two months short of his third birthday when he apparently vanished off the face of the Earth.
It described him as 38in tall, weighing 32lb, with blue eyes and with a small scar under his chin. He was also said to "walk with his toes turned out".
Steven was last seen wearing blue overalls, a blue polo shirt, a red sweater with ships on the front and brown shoes.
The child had been munching a bag of jelly-beans when his mother briefly nipped into the Food Fair store at 2.45pm leaving him in his buggy.
Police later found the pushchair nearby with the boy's baby sister inside.
New York police chief Kevin Smith yesterday said: "In that time, it was probably not that uncommon to do something like that."
Over the years, the FBI and local police have followed leads as far away as Hawaii.
In 2003, Pamela provided a DNA sample that ruled out the body of a young boy found in a box in Philadelphia in 1957.
Reports of a female hitchhiker with a small boy resembling Steven in Minneapolis were probed. And claims that a woman and a boy, who looked like Steven, were spotted in a bar in Topeka, Kansas, were looked into. But both were quickly ruled out.
According to reports at the time, Jerry Damman always blamed his wife for what happened to their son.
But he now says their separation was unrelated to the disappearance. Marilyn got a divorce and custody of Pamela in 1958, while Jerry remarried and raised a new family.
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Post by clairesy on Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:28 am





aw that's fabulous news for his family if this is true.A bit of a long wait though isn't it??Although better than never so i bet they are over whelmed.It reads that they are referring to Barnes as David already.I hope this is him,that would be lovely.
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Re: Man claims to be boy missing since 1955

Post by vee8 on Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:35 am

I hope the McCann's and us don't have to wait that long. 55 years on these forums, OMG!
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Re: Man claims to be boy missing since 1955

Post by AlexG on Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:23 am

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Re: Man claims to be boy missing since 1955

Post by sadie on Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:58 am

AlexG wrote:
vee8 wrote:I hope the McCann's and us don't have to wait that long. 55 years on these forums, OMG!
affraid 55 years .... affraid

Let's hope we don't have to wait that long ...

That's a lot of writing for you guys. I wont be around.

Seriously there is hope as this shows. Wonder what happened?
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Re: Man claims to be boy missing since 1955

Post by dianeh on Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:49 am

It sounds as if this man has had a DNA profile done, and there is a possibility that he could be their son. But since there is no DNA from the young boy, it means that his DNA must be matched with the parents, and it says this will take a month.

It would be wonderful for the parents if this is their little boy. Although nothing will take away the pain of losing him, to know that he lived a full life, and to eventual meet him, would provide some healing. If he is the lost boy, then he too will need the healing that reuniting with his parents and siblings will bring.
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Post by Rosie on Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:26 am

I just saw the man on TV and strangely enough he does resemble that baby!

Lets hope for a positive outcome, if it is, I will be very interested in his story.

I do so hope it is, because if so barring the inordinate amount of time that has passed, this will hold out such hope to Kate and Gerry McCann.

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Post by dianeh on Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:32 am

Rosie, I saw it as well, on Foxnews, and he could be the boy, based on looks. He does look like the boy, he does look like the father, and I wonder why there are no photos of him as a baby with his family. Although not proof, it sort of makes it hard to believe that you dont belong to your family if there are baby photos.

New reports it could be a month to 6 weeks before the results are known.
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Re: Man claims to be boy missing since 1955

Post by christabel on Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:42 am

Man's Claim To Be Kidnapped Tot 'False'


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11:36pm UK, Thursday June 18, 2009


A middle-aged man who claimed that DNA tests would prove he was kidnapped as a toddler and later raised unwittingly by another family have been found to be false.


Missing tot Steven Damman and John Barnes before DNA tests proved negative

Steven Damman, then aged two, disappeared mysteriously from outside a New York store in the 1950s and never heard from again.
A 54-year-old Kalkaska, Michigan man named John Barnes recently insisted he was the child swiped from a stroller outside a Long Island bakery.
Mr Barnes long suspected the couple who raised him were not his biological parents and he said last March the FBItook a swab - but now it is revealed his DNA does not match that of the missing boy's sister.
"DNA samples analyzed by the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, show John Barnes and Pamela Damman Horne do not share the same mother," the FBI said in a statement.
Damman's mother had left the boy and his younger sister in a pram outside the bakery in 1955 but he was never traced.


Kidnap flyer from 1955


Mr Barnes began investigating his origins years ago and found photos on the Internet that led him to believe he could be the same person, and queried his birth certificate.
But the man who raised the boy, Richard Barnes, had always insisted he was the father and called the claims "a bunch of foolishness".
Cheryl Barnes, Richard's daughter, said she was "flabbergasted" by her brother's claim.
Meanwhile in Iowa, the missing boy's father, Jerry Damman, said the news was disappointing and he may never know what happened to his son.

"It's too bad we had to go through all of this for actually nothing in the end - I guess we don't know any more than we did."
He added: "It's been very hard to bring this all up after all those years. It's been hard."
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Re: Man claims to be boy missing since 1955

Post by dianeh on Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:10 am

Mum and I were discussing this yesterday, and I did comment to her that they should be able to tell from the Mitochondrial DNA whether or not, he was the son. So even though DNA results can take a long time, mainly because there is no DNA from the child, and it has to be done by comparison to the family, the MDNA results should have been very quick.

I assumed that the reason Fox (and other news) were reporting it would take 6 weeks is that the MDNA must have matched. Just goes to show that we were all fooled.

This man's family have said he has some mental problems.
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Post by AlexG on Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:17 am

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Re: Man claims to be boy missing since 1955

Post by sadie on Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:46 am

Rosiepops wrote:I just saw the man on TV and strangely enough he does resemble that baby!

Lets hope for a positive outcome, if it is, I will be very interested in his story.

I do so hope it is, because if so barring the inordinate amount of time that has passed, this will hold out such hope to Kate and Gerry McCann.

How this news must have bolstered the Mccanns hopes and once again their hopes are smashed. Such tradegy for them to keep having to cope with.

I wonder how the news of 'their' sons return affected the parents? After such a long time, they will have come to terms with his loss - and then to have him return, when they must have been well over 70 and seperated, with new lives: What sort of emotions would they have?

I wonder how they have accepted the news that he is not their son?
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