Vermont police hope DNA can solve 1982 infant killing

Anyone with information about the 1982 cold case is asked to call the state police.

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police detectives are hoping a new DNA technique can help them learn more about the 1982 killing of an infant in Northfield.

The boy, known as Baby Boy Doe was found dead April 1, 1982 on the side of Mill Hill Road in Northfield.

The baby was wrapped in a brown bath towel, inside a sealed garbage bag. The baby was born full-term and healthy. He died of exposure.

The identity of the parents remains unknown.

Police are working with a Virginia company that specializes in genetic genealogy. They hope to identify the baby and his parents. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the state police.


State police cold case specialist Heather Gibbs says they’ve never lost sight of the victim. They used the pandemic-related stay home order to pursue many cold cases.

“We want to learn the identity of this infant, help bring answers to the community, and hold the offender responsible,” said Gibbs.

“The DNA techniques now available to us are helping advance the progress of the Baby Boy Doe investigation,” she said.


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