The boy raised as Bobby Dunbar
Bobby Dunbar was a 4-year old child whose disappearance and apparent recovery was widely reported in newspapers across the United States in 1912 and 1913. After an eight-month nationwide search, investigators believed that they had found the child in the hands of William Cantwell Walters of Mississippi. Dunbar’s parents claimed the boy as their missing son. However, both Walters and a woman named Julia Anderson steadfastly insisted that the boy with him was Anderson’s son. The court system eventually sided with the Dunbars and they retained custody of the boy, who proceeded to live out the remainder of his life as Bobby Dunbar.
In 2004, DNA tests taken by Dunbar’s son conclusively established that he was not a blood relative of the Dunbar family [and as such] the fate of the original Bobby Dunbar, lost at Swayze Lake in 1912, remains unknown. [FULL STORY]