VONORE, Tenn. (AP) — Dave Hickman couldn't believe his eyes as he stumbled across the shocking find in a secluded patch of woods near Boston, Ind., on Sept. 22, 1955.
Even all these years later, Hickman — now a 73-year-old resident of Vonore — chokes back the emotions as he recounts the haunting discovery that saved a life, spawned a mystery and forged an unlikely bond.
The 14-year-old Hickman and his grandfather, Clay Smith, were wrapping up a hunting trip when they discovered an infant.
They turned the infant over to officials, who then gave her to the Wayne County Welfare Department. The caretakers there named her Roseann Wayne.
About a year later, Hickman saw her for what he thought was the final time when social workers brought Roseann by his school to say goodbye.
However, nearly 60 years later, he's reconnected with her and they're scheduled to meet in May.