THE mother of a newborn baby found dead in a West Midlands canal a year ago has never been identified – despite cops' attempts to analyse a mystery card left at the scene.
The tiny boy was found by full-time carer Lee Coles as he walked through Rough Wood country park in Walsall on May 20 2021.
It's understood the baby's naked body, which Mr Coles said was "chucked like rubbish", had been in the water for up to four days.
Police launched a murder probe, while Crimestoppers offered a £5,000 reward for information.
Detectives forensically analysed a card and flowers left at the scene in February – nine months after the tot's tragic death.
However, more than 12 months after the horror, the boy's identity is still unknown.
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Officers were unable to learn if the tributes had been left by someone who knew the baby, and a post-mortem was inconclusive.
The little one is believed to have been born at full-term, and likely died either during labour or shortly afterwards.
His body was then submerged in the water, it's believed.
Detective Inspector Michelle Thurgood has again urged anyone with information to come forward.
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“This case is really very sad," she said.
“We’ve worked tirelessly to try and find out what happened to this little boy.
"It’s disappointing we’ve been unable get answers for him to date."
She said "all forensic opportunities were explored". DNA was taken from the little boy, although it didn't help identify his parents.
The force has admitted officers are "still no further ahead in understanding what happened".
However, detectives say they "still want to try and find the truth".
DI Thurgood said: “We’ll always act upon any new information provided to us and have distributed a further witness appeal in the local area.
“My thoughts are with all concerned and the wider community who I know were deeply distressed by this sad discovery.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has provided us with information so far and assure them that all lines of enquiry have been acted on.”
The baby's body is in the care of the Black Country coroner.
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If his family don't come forward, police say they'll arrange for the "most sensitive" funeral service.
Anyone with any information can contact us via live chat on our website or call 101 quoting log number 1963 of 20 May 2021.
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