Body of baby boy in 1989 Wisconsin cold case to be exhumed

Posted at 10:44 AM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 18:10:08-04

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities in southeastern Wisconsin plan to exhume the body of a newborn baby who was found dead nearly 27 years ago.

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Office said Monday that detectives have developed a person of interest in the cold case and want to obtain DNA evidence.

Trappers found the boy's body beneath the Des Plaines River Bridge in the Town of Paris on Nov. 9, 1989. An autopsy determined the baby was born alive and his death was ruled a homicide.

The sheriff's office says the case was reopened about a year ago when new information became available.

"I thought the information was credible given how the information came to us and who it came to us from," said Detective Neil Paulsen with the Kenosha County Sheriff's Dept. 

The infant, named Baby John Doe, was buried in a cemetery in the Town of Randall. Detectives have received approval to exhume his body, and the exhumation will take place Thursday.

"DNA plays a fact in cold cases. DNA wasn't available back then. It's now available. It's going to play a major role in this investigation," said Paulsen.