New Years Day Mystery Still Haunts City

David Paul's Gravesite ceremony
Photo by Devin Leith Yessian of the Record Journal

 

January 2, 1988 was a cold, bitter day and while many people were busy recuperating from celebrating the New Year, a horrible death had just occurred. While walking along a wooden path in the southern part of the Connecticut city of Meriden, a woman thought she saw a little doll wrapped in pink and white blankets nestled against a tree in an empty company parking lot. As the woman approached closer she made the grisly discovery that it was a dead 7 1/2 pound blue eyed, blonde haired boy. The newly born infant had died from the extreme cold in a few short hours.

Gravemarker for Unidentified Infant found on January 2, 1988 in Meriden, CT
Photograph by David Zajac of the Record Journal

The boy was given the name, David Paul by a pastor at a local church. The name means beloved little man. It’s been almost twenty years, since David Paul’s lifeless body was found. It is suspected that he was abandoned by a female (most likely his mother) and police are looking to find her.

With the popular usage of family ancestry websites, it is possible that David Paul’s DNA will lead to either one his parents.  In 2018, the technology has helped crack many cold cases including that of a serial killer in California who is responsible for over a dozen murders and fifty rapes.  Maybe 2019, will finally give us an answer as to who this child is and why he was left to die the way he did.

There is a 20,000 dollar reward being offered in this case. If you have any information about the death and abandonment of David Paul, please call the Meriden Police Department at 203-634-3784.

For more information visit this article about David Paul

UPDATE: January 14, 2020, David Paul’s mother has been identified as Karen Kuzmak-Roche.  She was 25 years old at the time and gave birth alone.  After she had left her son in a parking lot, she had called the local fire department, to “tell them to look for something there”.  Due to the statute of limitations, charges are not expected.  Police are still trying to verify who David Paul’s father is but do not believe he had anything to do with the crime.  

(Source: The Record Journal)

 

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