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Valley City police hope to crack 1981 baby death cold case

July 23, 2019

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — Valley City police hope new technology will crack a 38-year-old cold case.

On April 15, 1981, police were called about a newborn baby girl who was dead and left in the underbrush in Valley City.

Investigators determined the baby died from asphyxia after being born alive. No one was arrested. The infant was named Baby Rebecca and buried in a cemetery.

Thanks to advancements in DNA technology, Valley City Police Chief Phil Hatcher says authorities have decided to continue the investigation into the baby’s death.

Authorities signed an order to exhume the body late last month. Last week, police exhumed the body, which was sent to the medical examiner’s office in Grand Forks.

NewsDakota reports further DNA testing will be done to try to determine who Baby Rebecca’s parents were.

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Information from: KQDJ-AM, http://www.newsdakota.com/kqdj-1400am

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