Daphne Police spokeswoman Heather DeAngelo told Lagniappe on Tuesday afternoon that Sgt. Jason Vannoy has been in touch with the family of the baby whose cremated remains were found on the beach on Sunday.
She said the family is deciding "how they want to move forward," and the department is honoring their request for privacy.
Daphne police are investigating what appears to be the cremated remains of a "stillborn baby" found in a powder blue box on the beach at Bayfront Park on Sunday afternoon.
Sgt. Jason Vannoy told Lagniappe a person walking the beach found the container in the sand at around 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 22. The person thought it was a tackle box and opened it to find a blue and silver funeral urn and blanket.
Vannoy said the urn could contain the remains of a stillborn baby.
The box’s condition led investigators to believe it had not been in the water for very long, Vannoy said. He added that the box could have floated down a river and washed up on Daphne’s shoreline.
Investigators also found information inside the box that could connect the remains to a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Criminal intent or foul play are not suspected.
Kyle covers Africatown, the Baldwin County Commission, Baldwin County Schools and the Eastern Shore. After completing his undergrad in history at Mississippi College in 2021, he earned a master's degree in journalism at The University of Alabama in August 2022. He is thrilled to be closer to the beach now than ever before.
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