A dozen people watched as a front-end loader slowly lifted the muddy burial vault from a grave dug at the edge of a Hitchcock cemetery more than four decades ago. When it touched down on the green grass beside the pit, men went to work on the lid with chisels, their task to reveal the wooden casket of an unknown boy.
The boy in the wooden casket had gone to his grave unidentified and remains so, despite efforts by investigators to identify him. He was known to be a teenager who was struck and killed by a motorist on Interstate 45 in 1973. He was buried without a name.