Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Mystery still surrounds remains of 'Baby Jesse'

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Infant bones were found under the patio of this home.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        FORT MITCHELL — Police have named the mystery child whose body was found under a suburban house “Baby Jesse,” or “God's gift” in Hebrew.

        They say unless they receive a fruitful tip, they will likely interview 1,000 people in this bedroom community for clues in the infant's years-old death.

        But at least two people with neighborhood ties going back 40 years said they do not recall a woman who appeared pregnant but never brought home a newborn.

        “I never would have dreamed that would have been under the porch,” said Carl Huelsman, 86, who moved to the neighborhood in the '60s.

        Mr. Huelsman's home faces the back porch of the Lucerne Avenue home where the infant's body was hidden years ago.

        The bones were discovered on April 28 wrapped in a bath towel in a paper grocery bag under the back porch of Glenn Moeller's home.

        Police say the Moellers have lived there 10 years and are not suspects. The Moeller family couldn't be reached for comment. An elderly man, now deceased, lived at the home for eight years before the Moellers. He is also not a suspect.

        The bones could have been under the porch for as long as 16 years, but investigators believe the remains have been there five to 10 years. Sgt. Tom Loos said police developed a time frame from the name printed on the bag.

        Forensic experts are trying to determine whether Jesse was stillborn.

        Sgt. Loos said he believes the case will turn out to be a “hidden pregnancy.”

        Joyce Neff, another neighbor, said the discovery shocked her. She grew up in a home across the street from where the bones were found. Her grandfather built her house in 1940.

        “I can't understand why they didn't bury it,” said the retired woman. “The cemetery is right behind my house.”


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