The location where Joseph Augustus Zarelli's body was found.

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Joseph Augustus Zarelli - Crime scene location.

This is the location where Joseph Augustus Zarelli's body was found.

The memorial site is situated across the street from 722 Susquehanna Road, Philadelphia.

Up until his identification in 2022, Joseph was known as the "Boy in the Box."

On February 25th, 1957, the four-year-old's body was found inside a cardboard box that had been dumped in the woods off Susquehanna Road.

An autopsy revealed that the boy was extremely malnourished, weighing only 30 lbs (14 kg). There were also signs that he had been physically abused.

The police believe that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, as there was bleeding inside the skull.

Although hundreds of thousands of fliers bearing his image were distributed across Philadelphia, nobody came forward to say that they knew him.

Consequently, it became a cold case.

For 65 years, the identity of the "Boy in the Box" remained a mystery, as did the circumstances surrounding his death. As the decades slowly drifted by, dozens of theories and potential suspects were put forward by authors, amateur detectives, and even psychics.

However, none of them seemed to lead anywhere.

In 2019, the authorities exhumed the body so that they could obtain a fresh DNA sample. Then, using the new profile, they began the painstaking process of tracking down family members.

On November 30th, 2022, the Philadelphia Police Department announced that they had finally identified the boy.

Eight days later, he was publicly named as Joseph Augustus Zarelli—a four-year-old who had lived near 61st and Market Street.

The young boy's identity was uncovered by comparing his DNA against various geneology databases.

Notably, Joseph was never reported missing. Furthermore, his mother and father have both passed away.

Currently, the police are refusing to release his parents' names. They are also not commenting on the possibility of someone being charged.

Where was Joseph Augustus Zarelli found?

Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.

GPS coordinates.

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the site are:

40.082377, -75.071972

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Address.

The full address for this location is:

Susquehanna Road
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
PA 19111
United States

Directions.

Joseph's body was found in Fox Chase, which is a neighborhood in the northeast of Philadelphia.

According to a police sketch, the "Boy in the Box" was discovered on the southern side of Susquehanna Road, roughly 0.3 miles west of Veree Road.

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Susquehanna Road.

Susquehanna Road

This Google Street View image of Susquehanna Road was taken in June of 2022.

The historical marker (circled in red) was erected in November of 2017. It was placed there by an Eagle Scout named Nicholas Kerschbaum, who wanted to raise awareness about the case.

Note that the box containing Zarelli's body was actually found in a wooded area on the opposite side of the road. However, those woods were replaced by houses in 1967.

Aerial map.

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In this aerial map, you can see that the historical marker is roughly half-way between Veree Road and Pine Road.

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