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Sheriff hopes for burial ceremony

Thursday, June 27, 2002

Closure in case of unknown infant

Clues in the case of a baby's body found at the local recycling center late last month continue to elude local law enforcement officers, who are becoming desperate for clues to jumpstart their investigation.

"It's very frustrating to us. We haven't received a thing to go on, and at this point, we really have no more leads to follow up," Sheriff Chuck Eddy said. "We thought we would receive a lot more calls, and that someone would have that piece of information that would give us a starting point to go on."

Despite the offer of a reward, no public clues have been received, and no local names remain on the list of expecting mothers to be cross-checked.

Officers are also continuing to wait on the medical examiner's final autopsy report. Nearly a month after the remains were found on a trash-sorting conveyor belt after the child was apparently discarded at an unknown location in the county, the autopsy testing is still not complete. Without it, officers know only that the baby was 24-48 hours old at the time the body was discovered. They do not know if it was born alive, and if so what the probable cause of death might be, or what race it was.

Meanwhile, the community waits for closure as well.

Sheriff Eddy and county supervisors have already spoken about possibly offering a burial site locally for the remains once the medical examiner is ready to release the remains. As in the case of a Baby Doe body found in an abandoned trailer house several years earlier, it might help the community to find emotional closure for the tragedy if there is some kind of small public ceremony and a proper burial for the child, whether or not its identity is ever learned, Eddy said.

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