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Crime History: Louisiana missing child case becomes national sensation

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

On this day, Aug. 23, in 1912, 4-year-old Bobby Dunbar, pictured, disappeared during a fishing trip in the swamps of Louisiana in a case that haunted the nation.

Eight months later, a boy in Mississippi was found in the custody of a drifter, William Cantwell Walters.

The blue eyed, blond-haired boy had a scar on his foot that fit Bobby's description. Despite protests by Walters and the young boy, authorities and Bobby's parents claimed the child was the missing son, and he was raised as Bobby Dunbar.

Walters was convicted of kidnapping and sentenced to life.

In 2004, DNA tests concluded that the child found with Walters was not Bobby Dunbar.

- Scott McCabe

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