Waukesha police hope DNA cracks 1975 cold case

Body of baby girl found in a storm drain
Waukesha police hope DNA cracks 1975 cold case
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Waukesha police hope DNA evidence might help crack the cold-case death of an infant from more than 40 years ago.

The body of a baby girl was found in a storm drain in the Milwaukee suburb on Jan. 6, 1975. The baby’s parents — and whoever placed her there — have never been identified.

The community held a burial service for the girl, named “Baby Sarah,” and the investigation eventually was suspended.

But the case was reopened last year. The baby’s body was exhumed and a DNA sample was taken. The sample is being analyzed for a DNA profile.

Police told WISN-TV the baby weighed 9 pounds when she was found, and her lungs showed she had been breathing. Her official cause of death was exposure.

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