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Authorities release age progression image in 1964 hospital kidnapping case

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

An age progression image of a baby who was kidnapped nearly 50 years ago from a Chicago hospital has been released in the hope of finding the real Paul Fronczak.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released the image Tuesday of what Fronczak would look like now, at age 49.

"What we're hoping is that someone is gonna notice some of those features in that face and say, 'Yes, we think this is Paul,'" Bob Hoever, Director of Special Programs at NCMEC says.

The Fronczak case was front-page news in the city and beyond, when a woman — disguised as a nurse — walked into Michael Reese on April 27, 1964, and told Dora Fronczak that her newborn was needed for an examination. The woman took the baby, got in a taxi and the two were never seen again.

Hundreds of Chicago police officers and FBI agents took part in a massive search. In July 1965, an abandoned boy resembling the missing baby turned up in Newark, N.J. Without DNA or fingerprints, there was no proof it was Chester and Dora Fronczak's infant, but they clung to that belief because investigators suggested the child was likely theirs. The Fronczaks raised that child in their home in Oak Lawn.

The tragic story made headlines earlier this year when a now middle-aged Paul Fronczak, who lives in Nevada, revealed the results of DNA testing showing he isn't Chester and Dora Fronczak's son. Ever since, Paul Fronczak has been on a mission to find out his true identity and find the real Paul Fronczak.

"I am very happy to see the FBI reopen the case, thanks to my ruffling the media's feathers!" Paul Fronczak said in an email when the FBI opened their investigation. "I feel I am one step closer to solving these two tragic mysteries, and one step closer to a very happy ending!"

Still, Fronczak knows that his search is painful for his adoptive parents. Dora Fronczak reacted on the phone to the release of the age progression composite, telling FOX 32, " There may be hope, but that's all we have, but I wouldn't build my hope too high on this. Many years have passed.

She added the waiting is stressful, saying "The only thing is, only God knows."

"There's never anything you can do to relieve the anxiety a family goes through in a situation like this," Hoever says. "There's really nothing you can do to take away the fear, but we try to provide very resource we can to keep that hope alive."

Yet, the Fronczaks' help may prove vital in learning the truth. Investigators have obtained DNA samples from Dora and Chester Fronczak to run through their database in search of a possible match, the FBI said.

Anyone with information should contact the FBI at (312) 421-6700 or The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.

FOX 32 News contributed to this report.

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