1980 Newport News abduction investigation still ongoing
Newport News, Va. – It’s been more than 30 years since a mystery woman stole Newport News baby David Blockett from his mother’s arms.
For years, the case had grown cold until a 2011 NewsChannel 3 investigation prompted Newport News police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to renew their efforts to find David Blockett.
On December 11, 1980, a so-called Marie Kelley claiming to be a social worker, showed up at teenage mother Vanessa Blockett’s door. She convinced the teen mom to let her take her two-week-old son David and two-year-old son Frederick to a Christmas party. Frederick was found that same day, but the woman and David slipped away forever.
NewsChannel 3′s stories have led to some of the biggest leads in the case since David was stolen. The leads were developed from tips WTKR received and detective work that led to the discovery of David’s diaper bag that was discarded the day he was stolen. The contents of the diaper bag may contain DNA evidence that will help lead to David, the abductor or both.
Theories surrounding David’s abduction point to human trafficking or the abductor’s desire to pass David Blockett off as her own son.
Anyone with information regarding David’s abduction can contact the WTKR David Tip Line at (757) 679-1367 or Newport News Police at 757-928-4200 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.