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Police 'encouraged' with investigation into baby's death

March 25, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police on Wednesday continued to investigate the case of a newborn baby boy whose body was found last Sunday under the U.S. 340 bridge that crosses the Shenandoah River.

Cpl. Dave Colbert of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said he and local FBI agent Ray West spent Wednesday following up on leads and other information.

Colbert described the investigation as "encouraging."

The FBI is involved in the investigation because the baby was found on property owned by the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, sheriff's department officials said.

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Investigators also are in the process of having evidence obtained from a bag in which the baby was found sent to an FBI lab in Washington for analysis, Colbert said.

Earlier in the week, Colbert said additional evidence was found in the bag, although he would not say what it was.

Until now, the evidence has been at the state Medical Examiner's office, Colbert said.

The infant's body was found Sunday afternoon by a Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ranger, deputies said.

Based on an autopsy, police believe the baby may have been alive when it was tossed or dropped off the bridge, Colbert has said.

Anyone with information about the case can call the sheriff's department at 304-728-3205. Investigators can be reached after regular business hours at 304-725-8484.

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