Saturday, June 02, 2001

Hair may be clue to baby's ID

Single strand could belong to its mother

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — Police hope a strand of hair will lead them to answers about an infant's death.

        Meanwhile, businesses are donating the elements of a proper burial for “Baby Jesse.”

        A wavy strand of strawberry-blond hair found with the skeletal remains of the baby may help police learn who left the infant under a porch.

        The remains of the infant, dubbed “Baby Jesse” by police, were found April 28 under the Lucerne Avenue porch of Glenn Moeller's home. Police say the Moellers, who have lived there for 10 years, are not suspects.

        Authorities say the hair is too long to be the baby's.

        “We're hoping it will lead us to the mother or to a witness who knows something,” said Fort Mitchell Detective Ron Johnson.

        The hair was found by forensic anthropologist Dr. Emily Craig of the state Medical Examiner's Office during examination of the remains.

        Highland Cemetery has donated a grave for the baby, and Lewin Monuments is donating a headstone, Detective Johnson said. When the remains are released from the state Medical Examiner's Office, Don Catchen & Son Funeral Home will organize a free funeral.

        Dr. Craig is also working to narrow the time frame for when the baby was left under the porch.

        The infant's remains were wrapped in a bath towel inside a Bigg's grocery bag.

        The best estimate of when the baby was left under the house is between three and 16 years ago. The earliest it was left there was 16 years ago, because that's when Bigg's opened its first store in Greater Cincinnati, Detective Johnson said.

        Police have interviewed about 150 people, and are asking anyone with information about the case to call.

       Anyone with information on Baby Jesse should call Fort Mitchell Police at (859) 331-2823.


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