New DNA technology expected to reveal details in 50 year old case of baby left on Mercer Co. road

New DNA technology expected to reveal details in 50 year old case of baby left on Mercer Co. road
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MERCER COUNTY, Pa. — Investigators in Mercer County said they believe they will be able to identify a baby left abandoned right inside the border with Ohio 50 years ago.

Police said the remains of the baby girl were found on July 2, 1970 near a dirt road off Lynnwood Drive. The girl had been born less than a week prior and had received medical care, but they have not been able to identify her.

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Hermitage police said they are now beginning the process of using new DNA technology to identify the girl’s remains. Officers also said they want to talk with the person who laid the baby down on the road at the Taylor Sand Banks parking area.

In a news release, police said the DNA testing will tell investigators who placed the baby there, but it will not tell them why.

“It won’t tell us the emotions you must have struggled with that day; the pain you must have experienced. It won’t tell us why you initially rendered care but then couldn’t care for her any longer. It won’t tell us the turmoil you’ve felt inside ever since. It won’t reveal the number of times you considered coming forward but were too scared. It won’t tell us the family and friends you’ve created in the time that has passed. It won’t tell us all the good you’ve done. And it won’t tell us the person you really are. Only you can tell us that.  Only you can help your loved ones understand.”

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