I remember well when the boy’s body was found, the first months there was lots of coverage but no suspects were found then over the years the case faded into obscurity. But thanks to modern DNA the killer has been identified.
https://www.wral.com/man-to-spend-rest-of-life-behind-bars-for-killing-wife-boy-whose-remains-were-found-under-mebane-billboard/18888831/Man to spend rest of life behind bars for killing wife, boy whose remains were found under Mebane billboard
Hillsborough, N.C. — A man charged with killing his son and dumping his body under a Mebane billboard will spend the rest of his life in prison for the crime and for killing the boy's mother.
John Russell Whitt, 57, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts each of second-degree murder and concealing a death. He was sentenced to 26 to 32 years for each murder, to be served consecutively after he completes a stint in federal prison for robbery in 2037.
Whitt said he is "in heartbroken sorrow" over the killings and begged forgiveness from his former wife's family. He said he's haunted by their murders and even tried to commit suicide in prison in 2001.