Woman, abandoned in phone booth as a newborn, searches for parents
Forty-nine years ago an abandoned two day old infant was found inside a New York City phone booth. Now, five decades later, the woman is still looking for answers.
Today, Louise Jones is a successful financial executive in Manhattan. But despite being the youngest woman to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, she still feels the title "phone booth baby" hangs over her.
On July 17, 1965 a passerby named Pedro Martinez found Jones in a phone booth on an Upper West Side street corner. She was wearing a diaper, rubber pants, and a St. Jude medal pinned to the blanket in which she was wrapped. Besides those simple facts, Jones knows nothing else of her origin.
Shortly after she was found, she was put up for adoption, and a family from Staten Island took her in. Jones didn't know she had been adopted until her early 20s. When she did learn of her adoption and a bit more about the bizarre circumstances of her early life, she began looking for answers as to who her biological parents were, according to ABC News.
Jones enlisted investigative genealogist Pamela Slaton to help find her biological parents. On her website Slaton promises "no find, no fee." Slaton has put in endless hours of digging, but can't piece together enough clues to yield any results. Even a DNA test has yielded zero hits. Out of desperation, they had a poster placed in the phone booth asking anyone with information to come to the booth this past July to celebrate Jones's birthday.
Now both Jones and Slaton are working with ABC's magazine program 20/20 to see if they can have any luck with the half century old mystery.
20/20 will air the full story on Friday, November 7th at 10pm ET.