Police desperate to identify newborn girl found dead off Florida coast

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Police are pleading with the public for help identifying a newborn girl who was found dead in the ocean off the Florida coast.

An off-duty firefighter was boating Friday afternoon when he spotted the body floating on the ocean side of the Boynton Beach Inlet, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

The girl was no more than two weeks old, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit Captain Steven Strivelli said at a news conference Monday, calling the death a “tragedy.”

Authorities “desperately want to get to the bottom of what happened,” Strivelli said.

Police released this artist rendering image of how the baby might have looked at birth.

PHOTO: On June 4, 2018, the Palm Beach Sheriffs Office released this sketch of a female infant that was found dead off of Boynton Beach, Fla., on June 1.
On June 4, 2018, the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office released this sketch of a female infant that was found dead off of Boynton Beach, Fla., on June 1.more +

The baby was found without clothing and had no identifying marks, Strivelli said. The nationality of child was not clear, Strivelli added.

It also wasn’t clear how long she was in the water and if she had entered the water alive or dead, Strivelli said.

PHOTO: On June 4, 2018, the Palm Beach Sheriffs Office released this image showing the location where a female infant was found dead off of Boynton Beach, Fla., on June 1.
On June 4, 2018, the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office released this image showing the location where a female infant was found dead off of Boynton Beach, Fla., on June 1.more +

Police on Monday were awaiting on autopsy results which Strivelli said will hopefully “give us some more pieces of the puzzle.”

Strivelli wouldn’t discuss potential signs of abuse.

The sheriff’s office urged anyone with information about the baby or her parents to call Det. Cliff Hamilton at 561-688-4155.

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