Author Topic: PROVIDENCE BABY DOE: F, newborn found in a garbage bag in the river - 22 July 2000  (Read 126 times)


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Unidentified Person / NamUs #UP12745 Female, Uncertain
Date Found
July 22, 2000
Location Found
Providence, Rhode Island
Estimated Age Range
0 Years

Case Information
Case Numbers
NCMEC Number
ME/C Case Number
Race / Ethnicity
Estimated Age Group
Estimated Age Range (Years)
Estimated Year of Death
Estimated PMI
1 Days
Cannot Estimate
6 lbs, Measured
Unidentified Deceased
Date Found
July 22, 2000
NamUs Case Created
July 14, 2014
ME/C QA Reviewed
Location Found Map
Street Address
525 South Water Street
Providence, Rhode Island
Providence County
GPS Coordinates
Circumstances of Recovery
Cause and manner of death unable to determine after scene investigation and complete postmortem examination, including histology and toxicology. Infant was found in a black garbage bag in the water of the Providence River at the rear of above address. Currents may have carried the bag from a destination further up the river. Unable to determine if baby was a stillborn or live birth. A two week notice in the Providence Journal Obituaries was circulated in an attempt to find the parents, however no one came forward. The infant was buried by Hoey Funeral Home, Providence, RI.

Details of Recovery
Inventory of Remains
All parts recovered
Condition of Remains
Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction

Physical Description
Hair Color
Head Hair Description
Black curly hair
Body Hair Description
Facial Hair Description
Left Eye Color
Unknown or Missing
Right Eye Color
Unknown or Missing
Eye Description
Unable to determine
Distinctive Physical Features
No Information Entered

Clothing and Accessories
Accessories Found in black garbage bag with red drawstring.Near the Body

Case Contributors
Carol Capron-Roby, Medicolegal Death Investigator
Rhode Island Office of Chief Medical Examiner
(401) 222-5500
Molly Rathbun, Public