1964 Kidnapping Case Reopened, Returned Son Wasn't Right One

Thursday, 08 Aug 2013 05:53 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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The FBI has reopened a 1964 kidnapping case that had an apparently happy ending with the recovery of the child – except DNA testing this year revealed the baby returned to his parents was not their biological son.

Paul Fronczak thought he was the son of Chester and Dora Fronczak, and he knew the backstory. Forty-nine years ago, a nurse walked into Dora’s Chicago hospital room and said doctors needed to see the baby. The baby disappeared. Dora would not get her infant son returned for 14 months, when Fronczak was found alone in a stroller, CBS News said.

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The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the shape of the baby’s ears convinced the FBI Fronczak was the missing baby, who was returned to Chester and Dora. But DNA testing this year found that wasn’t the case.

Fronczak, who revealed the DNA testing results earlier this year, knows this story is painful for his parents. In a June interview with the Sun-Times, Dora said she doesn’t want to re-live the past. But he feels compelled to find out about his real family.

The FBI has taken DNA samples from Dora and Chester Fronczak to see if they get any database matches that may help them find their real son, the Sun-Times said.

The reopened case will allow the FBI to do more interviews and see if anyone else is willing to come forward. The case will involve two locales, since the baby was kidnapped in Chicago, but Fronczak was found abandoned in Newark, N.J.

Fronczak, 49, lives in Nevada. KLAS-TV, which did the first story about the DNA tests, set up a Facebook page, Who Is Paul Fronczak, to see if anyone can offer clues to identify him.

“Imagine waking up one day to find out that the identity you've had your entire life isn't true, that the family who raised you isn't really your family at all, and that you don't even know your real name,” the page says.

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