Memorial service remembers Baby Boy Horry

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - For the fourth year in a row, a memorial service was held to remember Baby Boy Horry.

A day ahead of the anniversary of his death, more than 50 people gathered at Hillcrest Cemetery in Conway to pay their respects.

"This community comes together every year to show love to a baby that no one knew or had ever met," said Reverend Wayne Brown who spoke at the ceremony.

It's been four years since the baby, named "Baby Boy Horry" by Coroner Robert Edge Jr., was found dead in the woods by utility workers in a Bath and Body Works bag on Dec. 4, 2008.

He was found beside Meadowbrook Drive near Highway 544.

"There is a lot of love for him even though he didn't get to experience life as we do today," Edge said.  "He would've been 4-years-old now getting ready to go to preschool, he would have known what Santa Clause is about."

His parents, to this day, have not been found. The baby was born alive and lived from two hours to two days, Edge said. There were no signs of abuse or physical harm on the baby's body, but it was unclear if he died before or after someone put him beside the road.

"It's going to take finding the parents is what it boils down to," said Horry County Police Sergeant Robert Kegler.  "WE need to find a mother and/or a father of Baby Boy Horry."

In 2011, several groups came together to remember Baby Boy Horry at two separate ceremonies at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Songs about baby boy Jesus were a big part of the Baby Boy Horry memorial service. There are several reasons the coroner's office hosted the service last year, and why people continue to come.

"It's mainly because we've never had anything like this to happen before, and we just don't want to forget it," Edge said. "We want to keep him in our minds and hearts and thoughts."

"The doctors tell us if he'd been given a little medical attention that he would have been a very healthy child, and we want to keep his memory alive in hopes that maybe his parents or somebody will come up and give us some information too."

Present at last year's ceremonies of remembrance, and every past event honoring Baby Boy Horry, was Rolling Thunder.

Rolling Thunder is a non-profit organization donating their time to honor veterans, POWs and MIAs through mission work. The Rolling Thunder group has said that they feel they have adopted Baby Boy Horry and that he is very special to their heart.

"It's just something that communities have to do - pick up the slack," Rolling Thunder member Anna Whener said. We've picked him up, and he's ours now, and we love him, and we're here."

Robert and Kathleen Frunzi live just down the road from where Baby Boy Horry was found. Their reason for coming was something heard many times Sunday.

"Anybody would have taken this baby," Kathleen Frunzi said. "All [the mother] had to do was ring a bell. It's very important to get out there. Maybe she didn't know she could just go to a hospital, but somebody else today will know that with this baby."

South Carolina's law says in addition to hospitals, someone can surrender their child to churches, law enforcement offices, or fire and EMS stations.

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