Bobby Dunbar disappeared while on a family trip with his parents in 1912 and was the center of much controversy and speculation in the media and law enforcement for months. Eight months later, the police arrived at Bobby’s parent’s home and told his parents that they had found the little boy.
A man named William Cantwell Walters had supposedly picked up the young boy, though he insisted to the police that the boy was not Bobby. He said that the boy they were mistaking for Bobby was actually the son of a friend. The boy’s name was Bruce Anderson, and he was the son of Julia Anderson. When the Dunbars saw the boy, they were sure it was him. They took him in and went back to their regular lives. For years, Julia Anderson claimed that the little boy the Dunbars had taken in was her son, but her claims were largely ignored. Rumors about Bobby and Bruce circulated for decades, causing much speculation over the decades.
Decades later, a descendant of Bobby Dunbar took a DNA test to finally put the rumors to rest, and the results were pretty disturbing. Here’s his story.
Julia Anderson, the mother of Bruce Anderson, claimed for years that the little boy who had been found with William Cantwell Walters was her son.
She said that he was not Bobby Dunbar, and begged to get him back.
Julia was considered a lower class in society and no one listened to her.
She continued to insist that the little boy was her son, so the police finally agreed to do a lineup with five different boys who were the same age as Bruce. The lineup included the boy she claimed was her son.
Although Julia had insisted that the little boy was her son, she could not identify him in the lineup.
Julia could not afford a lawyer, and the case was dismissed. The little boy continued living his life with the Dunbar family.
Julia never saw the little boy again and continued her life without him. She remained steadfast throughout the remainder of her life that the Dunbar family had stolen her child.
Bobby grew up and had four children before he passed away in 1966. It wasn’t until after his death that his own family decided to look into the mystery themselves.
Bobby’s granddaughter Margaret Dunbar Cutright began doing her own independent research, scouring through newspapers from the time and even interviewing Julia Anderson’s own children.
Margaret wanted to prove that her deceased grandfather had indeed been Bobby Dunbar. She soon found, though, that the more information she obtained, the less certain she became about her grandfather’s identity.
Over 90 years later, in 2004, Bobby Dunbar’s son, Bob Dunbar Jr., agreed to take a DNA test to lay the rumors to rest.
Although Bob Dunbar Jr. believed that his father was indeed Bobby Dunbar, he could not live with the uncertainty and the rumors that plagued his life, so he took the test.
When the results of the DNA test came back, Bob Dunbar Jr. wash shocked and disgusted.
The lab had tested Bob’s DNA against Alonzo Dunbar’s DNA. Alonzo Dunbar was the “brother” of Bobby Dunbar. It turns out that Bob Jr.’s DNA did not match Alonzo’s DNA.
This meant that Alonzo was not actually Bobby’s brother and that Bobby himself was not a Dunbar.
To this day, no one knows what actually happened to Bobby Dunbar. Although it was never confirmed if Bobby Dunbar was indeed Bruce Anderson, the mystery still remains unsolved, leaving the members of “Bobby’s” family confused, hurt and outraged.