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Case File: 2102UMNJ

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Baby Jacob Gerard's gravesite

Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: February 27, 1994
  • Location of Discovery: Vernon, Sussex County, New Jersey
  • Estimated Date of Death: February 27, 1994
  • State of Remains: Unknown
  • Cause of Death: Homicide by acute hypothermia and winter freeze exposure
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: Newborn
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 18" to 21"
  • Weight: 7 lbs. 5 oz.
  • Hair Color: Blond
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
  • Dentals: Not available.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Available. Full x-rays are available for comparison.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: He was wrapped in a rabbit-patterned crib sheet and a blue bath towel.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    The body of a newborn was found near the entrance to the Holy Counselor Lutheran Church at the North Hardyston Cemetery in Vernon minutes before Sunday services. He had been left in a secluded notch outside of a lobby window that was hidden by shrubs. Overnight temperatures had been near zero with 20-30 mph winds. His body was frozen solid. An autopsy later revealed the baby had been born healthy and was alive when placed outside the church. His umbilical cord appeared torn rather than cut.

    The church held a memorial service a week later with about 100 people in attendence. Ferguson Funeral Home donated a casket, a plot, and a marker at North Hardyston Cemetery along Route 94. He was unofficially named and adopted as "Baby Jacob Gerard" by the Lutheran parish - Jacob for the subject of the sermon the day he was found and Gerard after the Catholic patron saint of newborn children and expectant mothers.

    As of 2000, New Jersey has the Safe Haven law which allows parents or a designated person to drop off a baby within 30 days of birth and with no signs of abuse or neglect to the child at a police station or emergency room with no questions asked.

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

  • Agency Name: New Jersey State Police
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 800-709-7090
  • E-Mail
  • Agency Name: Sussex County Medical Examiner's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 973-579-7144
  • Agency Name: Vernon Police Department
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 973-764-6155

  • Agency Case Number: ME: 94-1554
  • NCIC Case Number: U728440673
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #1719
  • Former Hot Case Number: 1560
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • New Jersey State Police
  • NJ Herald News Archive
  • New Jersey Safe Haven

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    Last Updated: 7/16/13 - By: DD / Hot Case Coordinator

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