Police try to identify boys found dead in Dorchester in 1988

Release rendering of 1 victim’s face

Boston Police detectives on Wednesday asked the public to help them identify two teenage boys whose bodies were found in the woods in Dorchester in the fall of 1988 — and to help answer the question of how the boys died.

A forensic artist has finished a facial reconstruction for one of the teens — an image of what he could have looked like — and that new image has inspired the call for public assistance, said police spokeswoman Officer Rachel McGuire.

“The case is old, the technology is new,” said McGuire.

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A facial reconstruction of a boy, estimated to be 14 to 16 years old, found dead in 1988.

Police are seeking information about the teenagers’ identities, as well as how they wound up in the woods, said McGuire.

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The bodies were found in a small wooded area along Eldon Street Oct. 6, 1988, according to a police statement. They appeared to have been dead for several days, and to have died at about the same time.

The first teenager, who may have gone by the name Clayton and is depicted in the facial reconstruction, was estimated to be between 14 and 16 years old, according to the statement. He was black, 5-foot-4, and weighed about 130 pounds. He had short, cropped black hair and brown eyes, according to the statement, and was wearing a gray sweater, blue shirt, blue jeans, red underwear, white socks, and white Avia sneakers.

The second boy was estimated to be between 15 and 17 years old, and was found next to the first boy. He was also black, and remains unidentified, but may have gone by the name Hooker, according to the statement.

Both teenagers may have been from or had ties to the Bronx, N.Y., area, according to the statement.


Anyone with information can contact the Detective John F. Cronin in the Boston Police Homicide/Cold Case Unit at 617-343-5837.

Anyone who wants to leave information anonymously can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS, or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME 27463.

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