One year after renewing its search to learn who killed “Baby Moses,” the Martin County Sheriff’s Office hopes newly attained DNA results has put it closer to solving the nearly 33-year-old murder case.
A DNA analysis of remains conducted at the University of North Texas Center For Human Identification has been completed and will allow detectives to continue their work, Sheriff William Snyder said Thursday.
Snyder said he couldn’t discuss specifics about the case, but he called the results an important step and a good starting point for detectives.
However, Snyder cautioned: “The hard part still lies before us, and that is getting the suspect.”
Detectives hope the DNA results help them find a link to “Baby Moses,” an infant whose body was found floating near a dock in the St. Lucie River on Nov. 25, 1983. The baby was alive when someone dropped him into the river behind The Landings townhome community on St. Lucie Boulevard, investigators said at the time.
The newborn was not identified, so detectives at the time called him “Baby Moses” after the biblical prophet found floating in the Nile.
Since reopening the case last September, detectives have pieced together details of the murder using using DNA technology that wasn’t available at the time.
A team of forensic scientists at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers helped investigators exhume remains from Fernhill Memorial Gardens in January. In April, the remains were sent to the University of North Texas lab, which is nationally known for using cutting-edge technology in forensic science and molecular identification.
Investigators hope to use DNA to identify Baby Moses’ parents and finally solve the questions of who killed the infant and why. The child was alive when he was dropped into the St. Lucie River, an autopsy in 1983 revealed. The baby was between three days and three weeks, but “probably closer to three days,” said a sheriff’s captain at the time.
Snyder said there remains plenty of work in the investigation, but detectives are determined to crack the case.
“We’re patient and we’re not giving up,” he said.