In Michigan
6:29 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

FBI: Test shows Mich. man not long-missing NY boy

DETROIT, MI – The FBI says DNA testing has confirmed that a 54-year-old Michigan man is not a toddler kidnapped in Long Island, N.Y., in 1955.

The FBI said Thursday that testing showed John Barnes of Kalkaska, Mich., is not Stephen Damman, who disappeared at age 2 from outside an East Meadow bakery while his mother shopped.

Barnes says he has long suspected the couple who raised him are not his biological parents, and the FBI took his DNA sample. He says he began investigating his origins years ago and found photos on the Internet that led him to believe he could be Stephen.

Barnes says he was born the same year the boy disappeared but that he only saw his birth certificate once.

Stephen's father, Jerry Damman, says: "It's too bad we had to go through all of this for actually nothing in the end."