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Friday, October 5, 2007

Johnny Doe Tribute

Producer: "Help Me Find Them" in association with The Doe Network

He is "Dupage Johnny Doe"...for now. Somewhere he has a mother and father - siblings, perhaps. Maybe grandparents or aunts and uncles, cousins. Somewhere a neighbor passed him on the street, a clerk in a store smiled at him or a stranger patted his head. He would have been learning to speak - spanish perhaps or english. He probably had a favorite toy or a favorite blanket -but none accompanied him.

He was dressed in blue Faded Glory pants and a matching shirt and placed in a blue canvas laundry bag and abandoned on the side of a road..2 years ago. He was found on October 8th, 2005. Since then investigators with the Dupage County Sheriff's Office have worked tirelessly to identify him.

As a parent, I cannot fathom how this little boy could have been discarded but it's not my place to judge how or why it happened. Someone needs to do the right thing now. This little boy didn't live in a vacuum - someone came in contact with him. Extended family, family friends, neighbors, a store clerk, a nurse...someone has to realize that he is no longer where he should be. Someone needs to make the call - as heart wrenching, as painful as it might be - it's the right thing to do.

Now, he will be buried, surrounded by some of the people that have tried so hard to give him back his given name.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 15, 2007 at 2:00 PM at Assumption
Cemetary, 1 S 610 Winfield Road, Wheaton Illinois.

One of my fellow Doe Network members has put her incredible spiritual presence into the video you see here - her tribute to this child - and it is my fervent hope that someone will find the strength and the courage within it and themselves to finally make the call that gives this little boy back his identity.

He is someone's child.