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Anonymous Donors Fund Cold Case Infants’ DNA Testing

In 1999, a baby girl was found by a fisherman in Red Wing, Minnesota floating in the water and wrapped in a towel. In 2003, a baby boy washed ashore on Lake Pepin. Eventually, the investigators learned through a forensic DNA test that the two infants were related.

In 2007, another newborn baby girl was discovered, this time in the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Marino. While this infant was found to be unrelated to the first two, the details of the three cases were eerily the same.

Thirteen years after the last baby was found, the sheriff’s office made an announcement to raise $10,000 to help cover the costs of DNA genealogy investigations needed for the three infants. Within eight days, the department was able to raise even more than the amount they had requested.

Despite the cases being labelled as cold, Sheriff Marty Kelly said that the department has not given up on them. With the advancements of technology related to DNA and genetic testing, they are grabbing the opportunity to investigate the cases. The sheriff went on to report that the results for the first infant’s test found potential familial links and the department is now working on the new leads.

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