More than a year after the body of a newborn child by was found in a field in southeast Oklahoma City, police are still no closer to being able to identify the girl.
The girl’s body was discovered last year when a dog carried it from a nearby field to its owners’ home in the 15600 block of S Air Depot.
Police were called to the home about 8 a.m. March 16, 2013.
Since then, investigators have searched the area, talked to neighbors and put a tracking device on the dog in hopes he would lead officers to the area where he found the body, said Capt. Dexter Nelson, Oklahoma City police spokesman.
The dog was known to roam for miles around the home, Nelson said, so officers searched the area on foot and horseback and used cadaver dogs over a wide area.
But police have little to show for those efforts, Nelson said. Investigators have exhausted all available leads, he said. A comparison of a DNA sample from the body against national databases produced at least 16 people who could have been the baby’s mother, Nelson said. But all 16 of those women were eliminated from the investigation.
Police aren’t sure if a crime was committed, Nelson said. Investigators don’t know if the baby was born alive or dead, he said, and the state medical examiner’s office hasn’t released a cause of death. But homicide investigators continue to work to identify the baby and find her mother.
“It was a human life,” he said.
Investigators also haven’t been able to determine where the dog found the body, Nelson said. A real estate development was being built at the time the body was found, Nelson said, so it’s possible the dog found the body in a construction site or in an area where a house now sits.
Tina Marcum, who called the police after finding the baby’s body, was watching the house and animals while her daughter and son-in-law, who owned the property, were away.
Marcum said hopes police will eventually be able to identify the baby.
“I’d like for it to have another name than Baby Doe,” she said.
Anyone with information about the case should call Crime Stoppers at 235-7300 or 231-2121.