MN GOODHUE COUNTY INFANT DOE ABBY: NF, newborn, found at Lake Pepin, MN - 26 March 2007

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GOODHUE COUNTY INFANT DOE ABBY (2007): NF, newborn, found at Lake Pepin, MN - 26 March 2007 W3h6RQ5


The body of a newborn girl was found March 26, 2007 at the Treasure Island Marina in Welch, Minnesota.
This is one of three cases of newborns found in the county in 8 years. In 1999, a boater found the body of a newborn girl near a marina in Red Wing and in 2003, the body of a newborn boy was found near Frontenac. In all three cases, investigators believed that the infants were born alive. Autopsies were never able to ascertain causes of death.
Investigators have stated that this infant may not have the same mother as the other two.
The girl has been nicknamed "Abby".


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NamUs UP # 4796

ME/C Case Number: GC07-39
Goodhue County, Minnesota
0 to 1 year old White Female

Case Report - NamUs UP # 4796
Case Information
Status Unidentified
Case number GC07-39
Date found March 26, 2007 12:44
Date created February 09, 2009 11:34
Date last modified February 22, 2017 08:25
Investigating agency
date QA reviewed June 20, 2011 13:51

Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
Agency Southern Minnesota Regional ME Office
Phone 507-284-2121
Case Manager
Name Lindsey Thomas
Phone 612-215-6334

Demographics
Estimated age Infant
Minimum age 0 years
Maximum age 1 years
Race White
Ethnicity
Sex Female
Weight (pounds) 6, Measured
Height (inches) 21, Measured
Body Parts Inventory (Check all that apply)
All parts recovered
Body conditions
Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
Probable year of death 2007 to 2007

Circumstances
Location Found
GPS coordinates
Address 1 Treasure Island Marina
Address 2
City Red Wing
State Minnesota
Zip code 55066
County Goodhue
Circumstances
The infant was found in the Buffalo Slough of the Mississippi River at the Treasure Island Marina (Slip 36, Dock C). The infant was near term/term with no apparent congenital abnormalities. The infant appears to be of Caucasian descent and not a member of the Prairie Island tribe. Estimated time of being in the water was from a few weeks from discovery of the body to the previous fall or winter (2006).

Physical
Hair color Black
Head hair
Black, 3cm in length
Body hair

Facial hair

Left eye color
Right eye color
Eye description
The color of the irides cannot be ascertained due to decomposition.
No other distinctive body features

No clothing or accessories

Dental
Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

DNA
Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete
 
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Case File 102UFMN


GOODHUE COUNTY INFANT DOE ABBY (2007): NF, newborn, found at Lake Pepin, MN - 26 March 2007 W3h6RQ5


Reconstruction of Victim by NCMEC

Unidentified Female
Discovered on March 26, 2007 in Welch, Goodhue County, Minnesota
Estimated Date of Death: Up to six months prior

Vital Statistics
Estimated age: Newborn
Approximate Height and Weight: 21 inches; 6 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: There is as much as a 70 percent chance that the baby is of Native decent. Straight, dark hair.
Case History
The body of a newborn girl was found March 26, 2007 at the Treasure Island Marina in Welch, Minnesota.
This is one of three cases of newborns found in the county in 8 years. In 1999, a boater found the body of a newborn girl near a marina in Red Wing and in 2003, the body of a newborn boy was found near Frontenac. In all three cases, investigators believed that the infants were born alive. Autopsies were never able to ascertain causes of death.
Investigators have stated that this infant may not have the same mother as the other two.
The girl has been nicknamed "Abby".
Forensic artists from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children used photographs of the bodies and the infants' skull measurements to create composite drawings of what the babies might have looked like at the time of their deaths.
The clothing in the drawings is not connected to the investigation.
Authorities think the composites could help piece together a frustrating puzzle. Over the years they have had more than 100 leads, yet the investigations remain unsolved.
Officials believe that mothers of the children may have hidden their pregnancies and are probably familiar with the area.

Investigators
If you have any information about this case please contact:
Goodhue County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Dean Albers
651-385-3155
You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

Source Information:
WCCO
NamUs UP #4796
 

Akoya

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http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_5534533

Goodhue County, Minn.

Infant's body likely in river for months

Sheriff widens investigation; couple will provide for burial
BY JOHN BREWER and RHODA FUKUSHIMA
Pioneer Press

Article Last Updated: 03/27/2007 11:33:03 PM CDT


The body of a newborn girl likely drifted in the Mississippi River for months before she was found Monday near the Treasure Island Resort Casino marina, according to the Goodhue County sheriff's office.

An initial autopsy report did not reveal the cause of the girl's death.

Scott McNurlin, chief deputy for the county, said the girl had been in the water since late fall or early winter. Injuries to the body, including broken bones, likely happened in the river.

"It changes the whole focus of the investigation," McNurlin said. Initially, investigators were looking for leads from within the past few weeks related to the dumping of the body. Now, they will expand that timeframe.

The discovery Monday marks the third time in eight years that a newborn's body has turned up on the banks of the Mississippi in Goodhue County.

In 1999, a boater found a newborn girl near a marina in Red Wing. And in 2003, a newborn boy was found near Frontenac.

NNeither child was ever identified, nor was a cause of death determined. The sheriff's office is forming a task force to review the incidents. The group will include agencies from Wisconsin, Dakota County, the city of Red Wing, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI.

McNurlin said finding three bodies in the same stretch of river - albeit over an eight-year span - is "certainly an anomaly."

"It's a stretch of 15 miles, and we have three of these incidents. It's just unbelievable," McNurlin said.

Investigators don't know whether the three incidents are related. Any DNA tests would require a sample from a parent for comparison.

No parents have been identified in any of the cases.

McNurlin added that it was strange that the latest baby appeared to have been born healthy yet wasn't turned over to a hospital or government agency for care.

"That's the difficulty for the community and ourselves here. It appears to be a full-term baby," he said.

Safe Place For Newborns / Laure Krupp, executive director of Safe Place for Newborns, said the death is an unnecessary tragedy.

Under the Safe Place for Newborns law, enacted in April 2003, a mother or immediate family member of a newborn can place the unharmed child into the hands of a hospital employee on hospital grounds with complete anonymity during the first three days of the child's life.

Minnesota was the third state to adopt such legislation. Now, 47 states have similar laws.

According to Krupp, at least a dozen babies have been turned over to hospitals in Minnesota since the law took effect. Hospitals are not required to report when a child is turned over, and the state does not collect information about children turned in under the law.

Krupp said her group has compiled numbers by polling hospitals, and it gets the word out about the law by informing health care providers, schools and social service agencies.

"We wanted one more alternative to a mother placing her child in a river or a trash can," Krupp said. "Sadly, there are times people know of resources but choose not to use them."

Laying Baby Doe To Rest / Jeanne Madtson wishes the mother of the latest baby had taken advantage of the law. The Red Wing woman and her husband, Don, have stepped forward to provide burial for the abandoned girl - just as they did with the other two babies found in the river.

Pending approval of authorities, the Madtsons hope to lay the baby to rest in their family plot at Oakwood Cemetery. They buried their stillborn daughter, Ann Marie, there in 1989.

"One baby is bad enough," Jeanne Madtson said. "Then, you get two. And now three. This is just unreal. It's heartbreaking."

Madtson said she worries about the precedent.

"It's like people know 'if we drop them (babies) in the river at Red Wing, someone will take care of them,' " she said. "That's not what I want. I don't want to keep burying dead babies."

In the past, the couple received donations of money and services that helped defray burial costs, which came to about $1,200 to $1,500 in 2004, Don Madtson said. They donated the remaining proceeds to the Goodhue County sheriff's office.

"It didn't even cross my mind that this could happen again," Jeanne Madtson said.

John Brewer can be reached at 651-228-2093 or jbrewer@pioneerpress.com.

More Information

The Goodhue County sheriff's office will hold a news conference on the cases at 11 a.m. today at the county law enforcement center, 430 W. Sixth St., Red Wing.

Anyone with information about any of the cases can call the sheriff's office at 651-385-3155.

"We wanted one more alternative to a mother placing her child in a river or a trash can. Sadly, there are times people know of resources but choose not to use them."

Laure Krupp, executive director, Safe Place for Newborns
 

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http://www.startribune.com/local/15466916.html

Images of Red Wing infants reconstructed

Last update: February 8, 2008 - 11:37 PM


RED WING, MINN. - The Goodhue County Sheriff's Office has released composite images of three infants found dead along the Mississippi River from 1999 to 2007, hoping they will spur new leads in cases that have stymied investigators for years.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created the images, which represent how the babies might have appeared in their first year. Forensic artists prepared the images based on photos that local authorities took.

"We're trying to do everything in our power and trying to think outside the box on solving this case," Sheriff's Capt. Pat Thompson told the Red Wing Republican Eagle.

Sheriff Dean Albers said he hopes one of the images might spark a memory for someone who could provide investigators with new information.

In 1999, two fishermen spotted a baby girl's body floating near Bay Point Park. Four years later, a group of teenagers discovered the body of a newborn boy along the water in Old Frontenac, Minn., and last year, two workers at a Prairie Island marina found another body of a baby girl.

Authorities believe the babies found in 1999 and 2003 probably came from the same mother. They don't believe the baby found last year is related to the first two.

Thompson said the Sheriff's Office has developed about 100 leads, and said investigators are currently working on what he called a promising lead.

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http://kaaltv.com/article/stories/S341457.shtml?cat=10226

New Pictures in Red Wing Baby Cases

(KAAL)--- New pictures released today may bring investigators one-step closer to solving the cases of three babies, thrown into the Mississippi River.

Over the last eight years, three infants have been found dead in the waters of the river, but how they got there, and who's to blame is still a mystery.

Now pictures of what these children used to look like may help solve the case.

The pictures show the faces of the three babies found dead in the Mississippi River.

"The pictures make you stop and pause and take a look...it actually put more of a human face on it than when we found their remains before," said Goodhue County Sheriff Dean Albers.

The forensic drawings, put together by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, are based on the human remains of the infants found dead along the river within the last 8 years.

One infant female was found in 1999 in Red Wing.

The second baby, a boy was found in and the last baby, another female was found just last March at Treasure Island Marina.

Sheriff Albers says they have a new lead.

Earlier in the week they received a tip that someone may be linked to one of the cases.

They took DNA samples from that person and they expect to get results within 2-3 weeks.
 

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http://www.twincities.com/2007/03/27/goodhue-county-minn-infants-body-likely-in-river-for-months/


Goodhue County, Minn. / Infant’s body likely in river for months

By JOHN BREWER | Pioneer Press
PUBLISHED: March 27, 2007 at 11:01 pm |



The body of a newborn girl likely drifted in the Mississippi River for months before she was found Monday near the Treasure Island Resort Casino marina, according to the Goodhue County sheriff’s office.

An initial autopsy report did not reveal the cause of the girl’s death.

Scott McNurlin, chief deputy for the county, said the girl had been in the water since late fall or early winter. Injuries to the body, including broken bones, likely happened in the river.

“It changes the whole focus of the investigation,” McNurlin said. Initially, investigators were looking for leads from within the past few weeks related to the dumping of the body. Now, they will expand that timeframe.

The discovery Monday marks the third time in eight years that a newborn’s body has turned up on the banks of the Mississippi in Goodhue County.

In 1999, a boater found a newborn girl near a marina in Red Wing. And in 2003, a newborn boy was found near Frontenac.

NNeither child was ever identified, nor was a cause of death determined. The sheriff’s office is forming a task force to review the incidents. The group will include agencies from Wisconsin, Dakota County, the city of Red Wing, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI.

McNurlin said finding three bodies in the same stretch of river – albeit over an eight-year span – is “certainly an anomaly.”

“It’s a stretch of 15 miles, and we have three of these incidents. It’s just unbelievable,” McNurlin said.

Investigators don’t know whether the three incidents are related. Any DNA tests would require a sample from a parent for comparison.

No parents have been identified in any of the cases.

McNurlin added that it was strange that the latest baby appeared to have been born healthy yet wasn’t turned over to a hospital or government agency for care.

“That’s the difficulty for the community and ourselves here. It appears to be a full-term baby,” he said.

Safe Place For Newborns / Laure Krupp, executive director of Safe Place for Newborns, said the death is an unnecessary tragedy.

Under the Safe Place for Newborns law, enacted in April 2003, a mother or immediate family member of a newborn can place the unharmed child into the hands of a hospital employee on hospital grounds with complete anonymity during the first three days of the child’s life.

Minnesota was the third state to adopt such legislation. Now, 47 states have similar laws.

According to Krupp, at least a dozen babies have been turned over to hospitals in Minnesota since the law took effect. Hospitals are not required to report when a child is turned over, and the state does not collect information about children turned in under the law.

Krupp said her group has compiled numbers by polling hospitals, and it gets the word out about the law by informing health care providers, schools and social service agencies.

“We wanted one more alternative to a mother placing her child in a river or a trash can,” Krupp said. “Sadly, there are times people know of resources but choose not to use them.”

Laying Baby Doe To Rest / Jeanne Madtson wishes the mother of the latest baby had taken advantage of the law. The Red Wing woman and her husband, Don, have stepped forward to provide burial for the abandoned girl – just as they did with the other two babies found in the river.

Pending approval of authorities, the Madtsons hope to lay the baby to rest in their family plot at Oakwood Cemetery. They buried their stillborn daughter, Ann Marie, there in 1989.

“One baby is bad enough,” Jeanne Madtson said. “Then, you get two. And now three. This is just unreal. It’s heartbreaking.”

Madtson said she worries about the precedent.

“It’s like people know ‘if we drop them (babies) in the river at Red Wing, someone will take care of them,’ ” she said. “That’s not what I want. I don’t want to keep burying dead babies.”

In the past, the couple received donations of money and services that helped defray burial costs, which came to about $1,200 to $1,500 in 2004, Don Madtson said. They donated the remaining proceeds to the Goodhue County sheriff’s office.

“It didn’t even cross my mind that this could happen again,” Jeanne Madtson said.

John Brewer can be reached at 651-228-2093 or jbrewer@pioneerpress.com.

More Information

The Goodhue County sheriff’s office will hold a news conference on the cases at 11 a.m. today at the county law enforcement center, 430 W. Sixth St., Red Wing.

Anyone with information about any of the cases can call the sheriff’s office at 651-385-3155.

“We wanted one more alternative to a mother placing her child in a river or a trash can. Sadly, there are times people know of resources but choose not to use them.”

Laure Krupp, executive director, Safe Place for Newborns
 

Akoya

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http://justicefornativewomen.blogspot.com/2016/04/unidentified-baby-found-deceased-in.html

Unidentified Baby found Deceased in Minnesota in 2007.
This is the Goodhue County Jane Doe, known colloquially as "Abby":


GOODHUE COUNTY INFANT DOE ABBY (2007): NF, newborn, found at Lake Pepin, MN - 26 March 2007 W3h6RQ5


Abby was discovered in the Buffalo Slough of the Mississippi River at the Treasure Island Marina in Red Wing, Minnesota on March 26th, 2007. She is believed to have been full term or nearly full term at the time of her death. There appeared to be no trauma or physical abnormalities to the body. Some sources claim that Abby is believed to be Native American with 70% certainty, while others claim she is considered White with no ties to the local Prairie Island Tribe. She is believed to have been in the water for a few weeks to 6 months.

Abby's hair is black but due to composition her eye color could not be determined. She did not have any clothing or other items with her. Her cause of death is undetermined.

Abby is unfortunately not the first baby discovered in the Mississippi near Red Wing, Minnesota. A newborn girl was discovered in the river in 1999 and in 2003 a newborn boy was found near Frontenac. It could not be determined if the boy washed ashore or was simply placed there. He was discovered by a group of teenage girls who initially thought he was a doll. The baby girl found in 1999 was wrapped in a towel with her umbilical cord still attached. A 4th baby was discovered in the Mississippi river near Winona, Minnesota on September 5th, 2011 but is believed to be unconnected to the other three infants. It is believed that Abby and the 1999 baby Doe could be related.

If you have any information regarding the death or identity of Abby or any of the other three infants, you are encouraged to contact the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office at 651-385-3155.
Tribal Information: Some sources list Abby as being Native while others say she is White and unconnected to the local Prairie Island Tribe. As she is unknown, so are her people.


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Akoya

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Abby was discovered in the Buffalo Slough of the Mississippi River at the Treasure Island Marina in Red Wing, Minnesotaon March 26th, 2007.

The infant was found in the Buffalo Slough of the Mississippi River at the Treasure Island Marina (Slip 36, Dock C). The infant was near term/term with no apparent congenital abnormalities


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Minnesota cold case: Mom charged in death of baby found in Mississippi River in 2003
A Red Wing-area woman has been arrested in connection to the death of a baby boy who was found in the Mississippi River in 2003. She has also been identified through DNA as the mom of a baby girl found in the river in 1999.

Jennifer Lynn Matter, 50, of Belvidere Township, was identified through DNA as the mom of the boy who was found in Lake Pepin on Dec. 7, 2003, said the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) on Monday. Matter was taken into custody at 6:38 a.m. on Monday at her home.

A baby girl was also found dead on Nov. 4, 1999, in the Lower Boat Harbor of the Mississippi River near Red Wing. Investigators determined through DNA the baby girl was also Matter’s child. No charges have been filed in connection to that incident at this time, with officials noting charges could be amended or added later.

There was a third baby discovered in the Mississippi River in 2007. In that case, a Native American or Hispanic baby unrelated to the first two was discovered in the marina at the Treasure Island Casino. Authorities are still investigating this incident, and ask anyone with information to contact the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office.
 

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