Has the answer to Tamaqua's biggest mystery finally been uncovered?
Resident George Fredericks thinks so. The senior citizen believes in his heart he knows what happened to Jerome Coonon, the two-year-old boy who went missing from a backyard. Jerome was never seen again, a case that stumped police, search teams and even the FBI.
Approaching age 86 and in the twilight of his life, Fredericks, a U.S. Army veteran, wants the story to be known.
"The boy never left that backyard," says Fredericks. "And there was nobody else around."