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Police plead for help to solve 26-year-old baby mystery in Weasenham St Peter

Reburial of unidentified baby boy 26 years to the day from when he was found at Weasenham St Peter church ANL-140506-121917009

Reburial of unidentified baby boy 26 years to the day from when he was found at Weasenham St Peter church ANL-140506-121917009

Detectives hope new scientific testing will help them solve the mystery of a baby’s death after more than a quarter of a century.

The boy, whose parents remain unknown, was reburied at the parish church in Weasenham St Peter yesterday, 26 years to the day since his remains were found.

The body was exhumed in April, and a DNA sample taken, after new information led police to re-open their investigation into the case.

A new appeal for information has been launched to coincide with the reburial.

Det Insp Andy Guy said: “Despite years of inquiries both at the time the baby’s body was found and more recently following new information, we still have not identified who the parents of this infant were and the circumstances around his death.

“Clearly the location is an important factor and there will be people out there that know the answers to the identity of the parents of this poor child. I would ask them to have the courage to come forward.”

The boy’s body was found in a water-filled pit, known locally as Windmill Pit, in Weasenham St Peter on June 5, 1988. It is thought he had been in the water for at least several weeks before he was found.

Despite carrying out a post-mortem examination at the time, police have never been able to establish how the baby died, because of the length of time he was in the water.

Mr Guy said: “We now have a DNA sample so it will be possible to establish the parent’s identity and we hope this will encourage people who may have not been confident enough before to come forward now.

“Please help us to find out who this baby was and how he came to be in Windmill Pit.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Norfolk Police major incident team on 01953 424516, or via the non-emergency 101 number.

 

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