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Efforts underway to identify baby found in Pascagoula River 33 years ago

Image courtesy of Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell

33 years after the autopsy was performed on a newborn baby girl found in the Pascagoula River, Jackson County Sheriff’s Investigators exhumed her body Wednesday, June 30th.

Sheriff Mike Ezell said, “On June 28, 1988, two men fishing in the Pascagoula River near the wildlife management area in Wade, found the child’s body in the water entangled in fishing line. Two days later, on June 30, an autopsy revealed the child was 3-5 weeks old, and died from drowning. She became known as Baby Jane Doe II. She is buried in the Jackson County Memorial Park in Pascagoula, next to the Baby Jane Doe found in 1982 in the Escatawpa River. That baby was identified late last year.”

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No suspects or leads were ever found in the 1988 case.

Ezell said, “By exhuming the child, investigators hope to collect DNA to build a family tree. Her remains are now at the Mississippi Crime Lab where DNA will be collected. The lab work is funded by a private grant from Season of Justice Corporation, a Baltimore, Maryland non-profit. Redgrave Research Forensic Services in Athol, Massachusetts will try to build a profile of the child’s family history. The owners of the Jackson County Memorial Park donated the cost of the baby’s exhumation.”

Anyone with information on this case can call the sheriff’s department at 228-769-3063, or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers. All information will remain confidential.

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