No answers yet in case involving baby’s death


A month after the body of a newborn girl was found in the trash at the Eastern Regional Transfer Station, many questions remain unanswered.

Circumstances surrounding the incident, including the cause of the baby’s death and the identity of her parents, are still unknown. Investigators with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office are trying to find answers to those questions.

PCSO Det. Lori Ziegler, who is in charge of the investigation, said autopsy results from Auburn should be available soon. She said results were expected within four to six weeks of the discovery of the infant and four weeks have now elapsed.

Workers at the Eastern Regional Transfer Station found the infant’s corpse Nov. 17, and were so touched by the sight that they informally adopted the brown-haired, brown-eyed infant, naming her “Guadalupe.” The transfer station’s owners paid for her burial, and Joe and M. Clare Aguera of Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary contributed their services.

More than 300 people turned out for a memorial service for Guadalupe conducted Nov. 24 at Assumption Catholic Church in Truckee, and many businesses and residents contributed flowers.

All investigators know about Guadalupe’s origin is that the trash in which she was found appeared to have come from the Squaw Valley area, and that she probably died within 72 hours of her discovery. She appeared to be either white or hispanic.

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