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1715UMSD - Unidentified Male


Date of Discovery: February 28, 1981
Location of Discovery: Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota
Estimated Date of Death: 24 hours
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Most likely hypothermia and blood loss.

Physical Description

Estimated Age: Newborn
Race: Unknown
Gender: Male
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Hair Color: Unknown
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown


Dentals: Not available.
Fingerprints: Not available.
DNA: Pending

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery

A driver found the newborn baby boy in a ditch around 3:10 pm about 3/4 mile south of 26th Street and Sycamore Drive. The baby was covered with a bed sheet and wine-colored wool blanket.

The coroner indicated the baby had been born healthy and near full-term. His umbilical cord was still attached.

A woman from the community named the newborn Andrew and offered to pay for his funeral. Fifty people attended his service.

In January 2016, it was announced that Baby Andrew's remains had been exhumed in hopes of gathering DNA to identify his parents.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Sioux Falls Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Detective Mike Webb/Sergeant Tim Hagen
Agency Phone Number: 605-367-7234
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 1981-5609

NCIC Case Number: N/A
NamUs Case Number: Not listed

Information Source(s)

Sioux City Police Department
Argus Leader News

Admin Notes

Added: 2/20/12; Last Updated: 1/19/16

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