A Florida man, three years old when his father killed him and engraved her grave, discussed what it was like to discover her skull in the backyard.
Aaron Fraser told the researchers at that time that his father, Michael Haim, his mother Bonnie, 23, had hurt & # 39; and had buried her somewhere.
& # 39; He buried my mother. We dug it, the hole, & a social worker read from a notebook where Fraser told what had happened.
Years later, he and his brother-in-law renovated the parental home when he came across a plastic bag that he thought contained a coconut.
& # 39; I picked it up … I didn't know what it was. I gave it to Thad. He looked at it. We looked back into the hole and we could see some teeth, & Fraser said Dateline & # 39; s Dennis Murphy.
& # 39; And then … you could see the upper part of her eye socket on the skull and everything clicked and we stopped what we were doing. & # 39;
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Aaron Fraser (photo), who was three years old when his father killed him and engraved her grave, discussed what it was like to discover her skull in the backyard
Bonnie Haim, 23 (pictured, with Fraser), disappeared from her North Jacksonville, Florida, home in January 1993
Her husband, Michael Haim, claimed that his wife left his house late in the evening without their son after arguing about their marital problems. Pictured: Haim, left, with Bonnie and Fraser as a baby
Fraser, who was adopted into another family and changed his last name, won the childhood certificate in North Jacksonville in 2014.
Until then it was rented out.
He and his brother-in-law Thad decided to fill in the pool in the back garden and remove the outdoor shower.
The couple rented a small excavator in December 2014 and set to work. They accidentally broke a pipe near the outdoor shower and had to find the leak.
& # 39; We started digging up the house, so I see a piece of plastic, & # 39; Fraser said to Murphy.
& # 39; I think when I was digging the shovel, I broke the bag and I thought, "Oh, that's weird, there's a coconut in the bag." Why would anyone bury a coconut here? Why would anyone bury a coconut? in a bag here? "
According to the Florida Times Unionwhen Fraser could not catch his wife or the original investigator of the case, his brother-in-law called the police.
In 2014, Fraser won the house deed and began restoration work in the back garden, where he found a skull and teeth (center)
After the remains were confirmed to be Bonnie, Haim was arrested in his North Carolina home in 2015. Pictured: Haim in the courtroom
He was sentenced in April for second-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in May. Pictured: Haim, left, in front of the court with his lawyers
Bonnie disappeared in January 1993. Her bag was found in a hotel bin and her car was abandoned near the Jacksonville International Airport in Florida.
Haim was insulted by arrest and his wife had made plans to leave the house with her son while he was traveling.
Haim claimed that his wife left his house late in the evening without their son after arguing about their marital problems. But he did not inform law enforcement of her disappearance.
Law enforcement was not told about the disappearance until a maintenance worker found her bag and called the police.
Haim was initially named a suspect in the case, but he was never charged.
He was arrested in his North Carolina home in 2015 after the authorities confirmed the skull that his son had found, that of Bonnie.
Fraser said that at the time of Haim & # 39; s conviction that & # 39; justice should be done & # 39 ;. Pictured: Haim, left, with Bonnie and Fraser
& # 39; He buried my mother. We dug it (sic), the hole & # 39 ;, a social worker read as a child from Fraser's notes. Pictured, from left to right: a social worker who reads the note, Fraser and his adoptive mother
A medical investigator concluded that she died of a murder & # 39; in an unspecified manner & # 39; according to the arrest statement.
A used scale in which Bonnie was buried was of the same caliber as a gun owned by Michael, the sworn statement.
In April 2019, Haim, 52, was convicted of second-degree murder and last month was sentenced to life imprisonment.
& # 39; I always thought that he had killed her and that justice was needed, but even today, when the judge said he would receive a life sentence, it was not this great emotional feeling I had ; Fraser said First Coast News at the time.
Dateline is broadcast on Friday on NBC at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT.
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