Police search for child's body

April 18, 1997


Staff Writer

Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies Thursday dug up a wooded area near a house in the Chestnut Grove section of the county in search of a body, but came up empty, Sheriff Charles F. Mades said.

The department, which obtained a search warrant on Tuesday, was acting on a tip that the body of a small child had been buried in the area a couple years ago, Mades said.

Mades said detectives have gone out of state to reinterview witnesses who said the body was in the area. He said they will try to get more detailed information.


"We're in this gray area of limbo," he said.

Mades said detectives investigating another crime were told by witnesses that a body had been buried. He declined to comment on that investigation and did not say where the witnesses live, except that it is a 12-hour drive from Washington County.

Mades said the county has no report of a missing child from the time period but took the information seriously.

Mades said cadaver-sniffing dogs, borrowed from law enforcement agencies outside the county, hit on the area, located in southern Washington County.

That and the statements of the witnesses formed the basis for the warrant, he said.

Mades said he is glad that investigators did not find a body because "that's the last thing we need."

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