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He would’ve been 34 now, but he has long been missing from his Beaufort County home

A flier published in 2009 shows what Paul Baker, missing since 1987, might look like as a young adult. Hilton Head
A flier published in 2009 shows what Paul Baker, missing since 1987, might look like as a young adult. Hilton Head submitted

A 3-year-old boy who went missing from a Shell Point area home in 1987 has never been found.

Paul Baker was reported missing in March of 1987 by his step-mother, Susan Baker, who told deputies he must have left or been taken while she was napping inside their home, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office news release. The Sheriff’s Office found out that she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the boy’s disappearance.

Susan Baker was eventually convicted of charges of violence against her step-daughter (Paul Baker’s then 6-year-old sister) but no one was ever indicted on charges in connection with the boy’s disappearance.

In 2009, Susan Baker was also convicted of several charges and sentenced to 25 years in prison in connection with the disappearance of a baby girl in Florida. Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office took a renewed look at Paul Baker’s case, then. Susan Baker and James Baker, the boy’s father, were both extradited from Florida to South Carolina, but charges were dropped against both of them.

Neither the little boy nor his remains have been found since. Susan Baker is still a person of interest in his disappearance, according to the Sheriff’s Office news release. Paul Baker’s DNA is stored in the National Missing Persons DNA database.

Anyone with information can contact Capt. Bob Bromage at 843-255-3402, 843-816-8013or robertb@bcgov.net or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.

Joan McDonough: 843-706-8125, @IPBG_Joan

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