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Case File 53UFNJ

Left: Composite of the victim.
Right: Composite of what the mother may have looked like.

Unidentified White Female Newborn

  • Located on December 4, 1986 in Washington Township, New Jersey
  • Cause of death was asphyxia (suffocation).

    Vital Statistics

    • Estimated age: The child was born the same day as she died and was discovered.
    • Approximate Height and Weight: 7 lbs; 20 inches long.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark hair and brown eyes.
    • Clothing: She was found inside of a gray plastic kitchen bag wrapped in a multicolored beach towel (pictured below). The towel is called the Serengeti Beach Towel and depicts an African plain scene.

    Towel in which the victim was wrapped

    Case History
    The victim was discovered in a trash dumpster behind a pizzeria in Washington Township in Gloucester County, New Jersey on December 4, 1986. The coroner determined that the infant had been born, suffocated and located on the same day.
    Her mother is believed to be White as well; she would have been physically showing her pregnancy in the later summer and autumn months of 1986. The mother of the child has never been located.

    If you have any information concerning the identity of this newborn or the circumstances surrounding her death, please contact:
    Washington Township Police Department
    Detective First Class Anthony Garczynski
    Gerald Feigin
    Gloucester County Medical Examiner's Office

    All information may be submitted anonymously.

    ME Case Number: I86-398

    NCMEC #: USNJU1008699

    NCIC Number: U-100869925
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children

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