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Baby found on river bank to be buried Saturday

March 31, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Funeral services for a newborn boy found dead under the U.S. 340 bridge on March 21 will be held Saturday at Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) Middle School, officials said.

The funeral service for the baby, which Jefferson County Sheriff's Department investigators have named "Baby Christian," will begin at 10 a.m. in the school's auditorium, officials said.

Henry Christie, the chaplain for the Independent Fire Co., will officiate.

Members of the sheriff's department will serve as pallbearers, officials said.

Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, off Congress Street in Charles Town.

One of the investigators looking into the baby's death had said the baby would not be buried until the case is resolved, a process that could take years.

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Sgt. Sam Harmon said the baby is being buried for several reasons, one being that the state Medical Examiner's office can keep the body for only 10 days.

Harmon has said that burying the baby now will not affect the investigation into his death.

Harmon said Tuesday that the body will be picked up at the state Medical Examiner's office today in Charleston, W.Va., and returned to Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home in Harpers Ferry, which is handling the arrangements.

Cpl. Dave Colbert and local FBI agent Ray West are continuing to talk to "persons of interest" in the case, Harmon said.

Investigators have said they are encouraged by what they have learned.

The baby was found on the Harpers Ferry bank of the Shenandoah River by a Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ranger, deputies said.

Investigators believe someone was trying to throw the bag into the river.

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