Annual service set for Baby Boy Horry, case still under investigation

Horry County officials plan to remember an infant whose body was found four years ago in a bag along S.C. 544 during a memorial service set for Monday.

The infant, named Baby Boy Horry, was found dead Dec. 4, 2008, inside a blue-and-white Bath and Body Works bag in a ditch on Meadowbrook Drive off S.C. 544, according to authorities.

At 2 p.m. Monday, officials invite the community to attend a memorial service at the baby’s grave in Hillcrest Cemetery in Conway.

Horry County police continue to investigate the baby’s death and ask anyone with information about the infant to call police at 915-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

The Caucasian infant was a viable child and if given the proper care, he would have survived, Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said.

Last year, the annual memorial services had about 30 attendees including many members of the local Rolling Thunder chapter, who showed their support for the abandoned infant with patches on their leather vests and jackets.

Police continue to search for information about the boy’s parents. The bag the boy was found in was a limited-edition, white and blue canvas bag that was available during an August 2008 promotion, Kegler said.

Utility workers in the area found the baby in the bag and reported the incident. Police developed a DNA profile for the newborn and can match that to the parents, if they are ever found, Kegler said.

Authorities said they hope the annual service will spur someone who knows what happened to come forward and provide more information in the case.