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March 6, 2014

Warrensburg officials seek clues in infant’s death

They are asking for information about any woman who had been close to delivering a child in February or March, as well as any suspicious circumstances concerning that child’s birth.

Authorities in Warrensburg are asking for information about any woman who had been close to delivering a child in February or March, as well as any suspicious circumstances concerning that child’s birth.

The investigation continues into who left an infant’s body inside a research cave on property owned by the University of Central Missouri.

Authorities announced Thursday that the child’s race was white, but they did not release its sex. Medical authorities performed an autopsy Wednesday.

Two college biology students found the body Tuesday inside the cave at Pertle Springs, a public recreation area owned by the university.

The students, who were studying snakes, had notified authorities Feb. 17 that a lock securing 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.

The university’s police force and the Warrensburg Police Department have established a new confidential hotline. Anyone with information is asked to call

660-543-4400.

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