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Capt. Gerald Lewis - ext. 6516
SFC Stephen Jones - ext. 6513
Sgt. Julian Castellanos - ext. 6515

July 27, 2009

State Police Detectives get "Baby Bones" Case More
National Attention in Attempt to Identify Child

Trenton, NJ -Billboards, paper flyers and additional coverage on the TV show America’s Most Wanted are among recent outreach efforts that State Police detectives hope will finally lead to the identification of a little girl’s bones found in Monmouth County.

On March 18, 2005, the skeletal remains of a child were recovered in Clayton Park, Upper Freehold Township. A partially buried skull and jaw bone were discovered by a hunter walking near CR 526 in the park. The State Police forensic anthropologist determined that the remains were of a five to nine-year-old girl. The death was ruled a homicide and is believed to have occurred between 2001 and 2004.

Efforts to identify this child have not yet been successful. In 2008, investigators spoke with the producers of "America’s Most Wanted" to get help with the identification of the young girl. The producer and the host, John Walsh, expressed an interest and taped a segment about the investigation dubbed the "Baby Bones Case." That was broadcasted on March 14, 2009.

With the assistance of "America’s Most Wanted," a facial reconstruction of the child’s skull was completed by Frank Bender. Bender is a famous facial reconstruction artist who creates sculptures of unidentified deceased persons and fugitives.

The tips received as a result of the first Americas Most Wanted episode did not lead to the identity of the girl. Detectives from the NJSP Criminal investigation Office then reached out to the local advertising agencies dealing with billboards in an effort to display the child’s sculpted image to the public. In addition to the billboards, flyers were created to distribute to local communities. The executive producer of the TV show, Americas Most Wanted, volunteered his graphic designer to create the flyers.

The New York Division of Clear Channel Outdoor advertising donated six billboards in the North Jersey area to the Baby Bones Case. These will be displayed between July 27, 2009 and July 31, 2009. In addition South Jersey will have a billboard displaying the same graphics. It will be displayed on RT 130 in Bordentown.

The flyers will be distributed starting in Trenton City on July 28 by local citizens, church volunteers, NJSP troopers and detectives. This effort will begin at the Trenton High School at 10:00 a.m. The producer from Americas Most Wanted will return to New Jersey that same day to tape story updates for broadcast at the end of August.

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