December 13, 1965: Body of Dead Baby Found at Landfill


By Margaret Leidy Harner from her book One Day at a Time: A Social History of Boyertown, PA.

December 13, 1965: Norman Seeders had the shock of a lifetime while digging into a nine-foot mound of garbage, when the body of a newly-born baby boy fell out of a cardboard box that had been buried in the pile in the Gilbertsville landfill.

Boyertown Chief of Police Henry “Mush” Groff was called immediately. There were no apparent injuries on the child, who was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Elmo B. Sommers. An autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of death.

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