8. The Early Stages Of The Investigation
D’Anna’s nationwide article was eventually read by the friend of a private investigator, Alice Synman. Synman would later take on the case as she conveniently had ties with Orphan Voyage, an organization with a branch in Arizona.
The Orphan Voyage is dedicated to helping adoptees find their biological parents, and it is through Synman that the “Hatbox Baby” would be premiered on Unsolved Mysteries; Sharon’s episode remains one of the show’s most popular episodes.
While the early stages of the investigations were filled with surprises, most of the clues left by Sharon’s adoptive mother seemed to be of no help. What’s more is that before D’Anna could do anything substantial, he had to appear in court to gain access to Sharon’s adoption records.