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Search for infant’s remains continues at regional landfill

FBI now involved in case

The Fort Dodge Police Department has focused its search efforts to the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency’s landfill to locate the remains of a deceased newborn as part of an active homicide investigation.

“The direction of our investigation has led us out to the landfill where we’ve been searching the last two days,” Fort Dodge Police Capt. Dennis Quinn told The Messenger on Saturday. “We’ve recruited additional resources to include the FBI.”

Earlier this week, the Police Department announced it is investigating the homicide of a newborn infant in Fort Dodge. According to a press release, a caller to the Webster County Telecommunications Center shared information about a female who had recently given birth to a child at home and that the infant was deceased and later moved to another location.

The baby’s remains have not been located.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was in Fort Dodge the Wednesday before Thanksgiving for an apparent search of the Wahkonsa Apartments at 927 Central Ave. in connection with this investigation.

The Fort Dodge Police Department is asking for the public’s help to collect video evidence and is asking anyone with video surveillance within the area that is bordered by Central Avenue and East Kenyon Road to the north and south, and South Seventh Street and South 12th Street to the west and east, to contact law enforcement at 515-573-2323.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted through Webster County Crime Stoppers by texting “LEC” and the tip to 274-637, or by calling 515-573-1444.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,500 reward for information that leads to the recovery of the infant’s remains.

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