A 10-year-old boy who was murdered in 1998 was finally identified thanks to a decades-long search and DNA technology.
The boy has been identified as Robert “Bobby” Adam Whitt. His remains were found under a billboard in Mebane, North Carolina when a maintenance crew came across them on September 25, 1998. Officials learned that Bobby’s mother was also found dead one state away that same year.
Through advanced DNA testing, officials were able to reconstruct the boy’s face and determine he was first-generation Caucasian and Asian.
In December 2018, an additional review of DNA findings led to one of the boy’s relatives who was able to provide officials with details critical to the case. Investigators were then able to match the boy and the women’s DNA and determined they were mother and son.
The woman was identified as Myoung Hwa Cho. Cho’s husband and Bobby’s father has since confessed to both of the murders and is currently in prison serving time on unrelated federal charges. The man has not yet been identified for jurisdiction reasons. He reportedly told the family that Cho and her son had moved to South Korea where Cho was from. They were shocked to find out that the two were murdered.