BOYNTON BEACH, FL — Police are asking the public for help to identify a newborn baby found dead on Friday in the ocean near the Florida coast.
An off-duty firefighter found the female infant Friday afternoon while boating on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Boynton Beach Inlet around 1 P.M. on June 1, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office press release.
The sheriff’s office says the infant was less than two weeks old.
Detectives said that they do not know how long the baby was in the water, and have not determined a cause of death. It’s also not known yet whether the infant was alive or dead when placed in the water. Authorities are waiting for the medical examiner’s office to perform an autopsy in order to find more answers.
We are seeking the community’s assistance to identify this baby found Friday, June 1st on the ocean side of the Boynton Beach Inlet. The female infant was no more than 14 days old. Anyone with information please call Det. Hamilton at (561)688-4155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/RxcSAJznBp
— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) June 4, 2018
Police have released an artist’s rendition of the baby and have appealed to the child’s parents — or anyone who knows the family or has any other information — to come forward.
“A big piece of what we need right now is the parents,” Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Captain Steven Strivelli said at a press conference on Monday. “It’s gut-wrenching, and we hate seeing it, and we really desperately want to get to the bottom of what happened.”
Police have asked anyone with information to call (561) 688-4155 or email email@example.com.
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Main photo: An artist’s rendition depicts an infant found dead June 1 in the Atlantic Ocean near Boynton Beach [Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office]