“#BobbyDunbar was an #American boy whose disappearance at the age of four and apparent return was widely reported in newspapers across the #UnitedStates in 1912 and 1913. After an eight-month nationwide search, investigators believed that they had found the child in #Mississippi, in the hands of William Cantwell Walters of North Carolina. Dunbar's parents claimed the boy as their missing son. However, both Walters and a woman named Julia Anderson insisted that the boy with him was Anderson's son. The court system eventually sided with the Dunbars as Julia Anderson could not afford a lawyer and they retained custody of the boy, who proceeded to live out the remainder of his life as Bobby Dunbar. The boy raised as Bobby Dunbar married, had four children of his own, and died in 1966.
In 2004, DNA profiling established in retrospect that the boy found with Walters and "returned" to the Dunbars as Bobby had not been a blood relative of the Dunbar family.”