A 29th Victim?
To this day forensic specialists are still identifying bodies uncovered in the areas pointed out by Henley, but it wasn’t until 2012 when a documentary filmmaker interested in telling the story of this case, came across a new discovery.
The filmmaker, Josh Vargus, interviewed Henley’s mother and she agreed to allow Vargus to go through Henley’s belongings. She also gave Vargus permission to take whatever he wanted for the making of his film. At the back of a dilapidated school bus, where Henley’s personal items had sat since the date of his conviction, was several stacked cardboard boxes.
Within one of these boxes Vargus made a startling discovery. A blurry Polaroid photo of a young boy, bound next to Corll’s toolbox. Vargus brought the photo with him to a meeting with Henley at the prison. Henley claimed he had no idea who the boy was, but said there was potentially more victims who were never identified during the original investigation. Vargus was quoting as saying:
“Once we obtained Henley’s personal belongings, I was dumbfounded when I learned that the police never searched Henley’s room. How do you arrest someone for such a crime without going through the room that he lived and slept in? Had they done that, they would have found the picture, rather than my producer and I.”
Although there are no known leads on the boy’s identity, a new piece to the puzzle may have emerged.
In early 2015, a Fort Wayne, Indiana man was cleaning out the crawl space to his home when he uncovered more than he had bargained for. Skeletal remains, believed to have belonged a young boy, were buried in the dirt underneath his home. Corll was born in Fort Wayne and was speculated to have had ties there before his death. It is unknown if the discovery of the bones were ever confirmed to be linked to Corll, but if the speculations turn out to be true then this will mark the first discovery to link Corll to murders in other states.