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Case File: 2352UMNY

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Headstone of Baby Moses Washington

Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: September 7, 1997
  • Location of Discovery: Albany, Albany County, New York
  • Estimated Date of Death: September 6, 1997
  • State of Remains: Charred/scorched with fire
  • Cause of Death: Unknown - possible homicide
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: Newborn
  • Race: White and/or Hispanic
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: Unknown
  • Weight: 9 lbs. 3 oz
  • Hair Color: Unknown
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
  • Dentals: Not available.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Sample available - status unknown.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: None.
  • Jewelry: None.
  • Additional Personal Items: Blue pillow case or laundry bag. Wooden matches found on top of the blue material.
  • Case History

    At 7:00 AM, a crew digging an irrigation line discovered the body of an infant lying in a flower bed near the statue of Moses in Albany’s Washington Park. He was wrapped in a blue pillow case or laundry with the umbilical cord torn but still attached. It appears that the bag was set on fire with his body in it, as both were scorched. It is believed that he was deceased before being set afire.

    An autopsy report indicates that the child was born alive and was healthy. Drug tests came back negative, although the results are considered inconclusive.

    Residents of Albany named the child “Moses Washington” and he was buried at Graceland Cemetery.

    If you know of any woman who was due to give birth in September 1997 and didn’t have a child, please contact authorities. The mother may have stated she gave the child up for adoption.

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

  • Agency Name: Albany Police Department
  • Agency Contact Person: Assistant Chief Stephen Reilly
  • Agency Phone Number: 518-462-8011 or 518-462-8039
  • E-Mail
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  • Agency Case Number: N/A
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: Not Listed
  • Former Hot Case Number: 504
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • Albany Police Department
  • Times Union Blog Archive (9/29/11)
  • Examiner Archive (8/28/10)
  • Missing 87975 Forum
  • The Daily Gazette News Archive (12/20/97)
  • Find A Grave

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    Added: 5/3/07; Last Updated: 9/25/14 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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