Investigators seek answers after University of Central Missouri students find infant’s body

03/05/2014 11:32 AM

03/05/2014 6:50 PM

Warrensburg authorities continued Wednesday to investigate the body of an infant discovered by students Tuesday.

Two college biology students found the body inside a research cave at Pertle Springs, a public recreation area owned by the University of Central Missouri.

The students, who were studying snakes inside the cave, had notified authorities Feb. 17 that a lock that secured a gate on the cave had been broken and that trash had been burned inside the cave.

After the students returned to the cave Tuesday afternoon, they discovered the body amid the trash.

“People are stunned,” said university spokesman Jeff Murphy. “They want to know what happened and why.”

Pertle Springs is a 300-acre public recreation area south of the university’s main campus. The district includes a golf course and fishing lakes as well as hiking and biking trails and is widely used by the public.

Anyone with information about the infant is asked to call


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