Found August 27, 1967 in Penn Twp, Westmoreland County
Vital Statistics Weight: 20 oz Believed born about 2 months premature
Case Details On Sunday, August 27, 1967 at around 9:25 a.m., the body of an infant was found against a grate inside the Jeannette Sewage Treatment Plant in Penn Twp. It is believed that the child was thrown into a storm sewer in the city of Jeannette, Westmoreland County shortly after birth and carried several miles through the sewer line to the treatment plant.
An autopsy showed that the baby had multiple skull fractures and had died from drowning. The sex of the baby is, at present time, unclear. Early news articles and a report on the Westmoreland County Coroner's website state that the baby was female. An article in the Tribune-Review on September 29, 2015 identified the baby as a boy. The unidentified child was buried along with a unidentified female in the Potter's Field near the Westmoreland County jail. Both the girl and baby were exhumed in October 2015 so that officials could use current technology to try to identified them. The girl was identified as Teala Thompson who, at 13, had disappeared from the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh in 1967. The infant's bones were so small that attempts to extract DNA were unsuccessful. He remains unidentified.
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Westmoreland County Coroner's Office 724-830-3636 or
Pennsylvania State Police
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