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'Baby Moses' cold case re-opened; New information shared during Friday morning MCSO news conference

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UPDATE:  Martin County Sheriff William Snyder has announced plans to exhume the body of ‘Baby Moses’ from an unmarked grave.

The exhumation is set for Monday.


“I would say this at this point. If there’s somebody in Martin County or anywhere who knows who that baby is, who… somebody was talking to me this morning and saying somebody knows who that baby is and somebody is sweating it right now, so to speak and extremely nervous. This would be the right time to come in,” Sheriff Snyder said.

The sheriff’s office says it will also exhume the bodies of two other babies in unmarked graves near the ‘Baby Moses’ gravesite.

The bodies lie in Fernhill Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum.

The cemetery is now under different ownership than it had in 1983.

Documents are vague and investigators know very little about the bodies and the circumstances of their deaths.

The remains from all three babies will be sent to an anthropologist for DNA analysis which could take several months.

-Reported by Meghan McRoberts

EARLIER:

More than 30 years after the body of a newborn child was discovered in a Martin County waterway, the sheriff's office has re-opened the case.

Detectives said they will share new information on the crime during a news conference scheduled for Friday morning.

At 10:30 a.m. Friday, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder will release details about the scheduled exhumation of the infant.

According to a statement by MCSO, "Throughout the process of obtaining the necessary paperwork to exhume the newborn’s body, additional and unexpected circumstances have come to light."

The Martin County Sheriff's Office says the white male infant, dubbed "Baby Moses" by detectives after the biblical story of Moses, was found floating in a waterway along St. Lucie Boulevard on Nov. 25, 1983 by boaters.

There was no trauma to the body and the infant had a newly cut umbilical cord that detectives say did not appear to be cut by a doctor.

According to the medical examiner, the child drowned. It appears he may have been thrown into the water from a nearby bridge, MCSO says.

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