96 years. It’s how long “Some Mother’s Boy,” the only name he was known by in Scott County, waited to be identified.
Those words were written on the tombstone of a teen boy who was struck by a train on April 1, 1921. He rested there until NAMUS, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, decided to exhume the remains and solve one of Georgetown’s biggest mysteries. Progress has been made in the case and NAMUS believes that their John Doe is a young man missing from Pulaski County.
The FBI has recently started processing cases like these for free when it used to cost up to $7,000.
They are now ready to confirm his identity. The official announcement will come Thursday at his gravesite.
“Some Mother’s Boy” is expected to be identified as Frank A. Haynes, 17, of Bronston, Kentucky. According to officials with NAMUS, Haynes’ father had seen photos of the dead boy and attempted to identify him, but they had insufficient evidence to prove that the young man was his son.
Blood collected from Frank Haynes’ niece confirmed the family connection.