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Sheriff tracks time-cards as clues are few in baby death

Tuesday, June 4, 2002

Waiting for breakthrough

Buena Vista County Sheriff Chuck Eddy is still waiting for a breakthrough in the frustrating investigation of a newborn baby's body discovered at the Harold Rowley Recycling Center last Thursday.

The most promising clue at the moment remains a set of business timecards found near the baby's remains on the recycling line. On Saturday, five businesses in Buena Vista County stepped forward as possible sources for the discarded 1990 and 1991 timecards, which show only handwritten first names. Making a match will help the investigators to determine where the body was originally discarded into the trash before being trucked to the recycling center, Eddy said.

"We are getting pretty close on the timecards. At least that may give us an idea of what area in what town to look at. If we can determine if the cards came from a particular business, we will have the first step toward a more focused investigation," the sheriff added.

As of mid-day Monday, the department's pleas for public assistance have not produced a single tip, Eddy said.

"We are continuing to ask the public to help us, and to tell us if they have any information about this case at all, or perhaps some knowledge of a woman who was about to deliver a baby in that time period."

Autopsy testing indicated that the dark-haired male baby was born 24-48 hours before the body was found in the recycling refuse. The race has not been determined. Due to the poor condition of the body, the additional forensic testing by the state medical examiner's office may take several weeks to reach conclusions.

"We are still out doing interviews, still checking with all of the doctors and organizations throughout the county area to gather information on ladies who were expecting. We may have to check on each and every one to rule them out," Eddy said.

The sheriff said the case is one of the most daunting tragedies he and his deputies have ever had to deal with.

Information may be passed to the sheriff's department by calling 749-2530 during business hours, or 749-2525 at any other time. Tips can also be filed through the sheriff's web site at www.bvsheriff.com.

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