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Case File: 160UFFL

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Sketch of the victim; Blanket and sweater found with the victim

Unidentified Female

  • Date of Discovery: May 23, 1996
  • Location of Discovery: Clewiston, Palm Beach County, Florida
  • Estimated Date of Death: A few days prior
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
  • Cause of Death: Homicide
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 3 to 5 weeks old
  • Race: White and/or Hispanic
  • Gender: Female
  • Height: 1'0" to 1'5"
  • Weight: 5 or 6 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black or dark brown.
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
  • Dentals: Not available.
  • Fingerprints: Not available, but footprints are.
  • DNA: Available.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Unknown
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Red/white/gray/blue Indian or Mexican style blanket, four green towels, a black and white sweater, and a red bucket were found with her.
  • Case History

    A man searching for scrap metal and cans found a baby's body in a wooded area on the canal bank on old U.S. 27, two miles east of the Hendry County line. She was partially wrapped in a maroon and white blanket and a woman's black and white sweater

    The infant's mandible and maxilla were fractured. An autopsy revealed the baby died of either accidental or intentional injuries, but the case is being treated as a homicide investigation. Detectives reviewed hundreds of hospital footprint records and visited 70 to 100 homes in search of parents missing a girl of that age, but with no results.

    The infant has been dubbed "Baby Belle."

    Investigating Agency(s)
    If you have any information about this case please contact;

  • Agency Name: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: Lt. Mike Wingate
  • Agency Phone Number: 561-688-4092
  • E-Mail

  • Agency Name: District 20 Medical Examiner Office
  • Agency Contact Person: Michael Bell
  • Agency Phone Number: 1-561-688-4575 or 4465

  • Agency Case Number: ME: 1996-00508; NCMEC: 1111186
  • NCIC Case Number: U932986313
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #1112
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • NCMEC
  • Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department
  • FLUIDDB

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    Added: 7/22/00; Last Updated: 5/5/15 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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