15 YEAR-OLD ‘BABY JANE DOE’ HOMICIDE REMAINS ACTIVE ACPO CASE


MAYS LANDING— On the beach in Ventnor City, 15 years ago today, authorities discovered the body of a newborn girl that had washed up to the shore.

On January 17, 2004, the body of a baby girl washed up on the Ventnor Beach at Suffolk Avenue in Ventnor City. A passer-by dragged the yellow laundry bag to the boardwalk area, opened it and found a sealed, black, plastic bag and then found it contained another bag with the body of a newborn female. The newborn’s placenta and umbilical cord was still attached. Two other bags were also found in close proximity to the body, which may have been used to weigh the laundry bag down in a failed attempt to sink the body.

In Atlantic County, there is no such thing as a cold case because we are investigating every unsolved homicide, Prosecutor Tyner said.

“This case is solvable for a variety of reasons. We are optimistic that we will find the persons responsible for such a callous, irresponsible act towards a new born child,” Prosecutor Tyner said.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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