A year after the body of a newborn boy was discovered dead in a snow bank on a logging road near Salisbury, N.B., RCMP are still searching for clues to find his parents.
People in the southeastern New Brunswick community have named the newborn "Baby Taylor" after the logging road where he was found on April 4, 2009.
Despite an ongoing investigation and tips from the public, the RCMP have not been able to find Baby Taylor's parents.
The number of tips to police has started to dwindle as time has passed since the boy's body was found, RCMP Sgt. Marco Papillon said.
He said some people have been brought in for DNA testing in connection with the case.
"If we do get certain leads or possible parents or whatever, what we're trying to do is to get samples of DNA and then having that sent out to the lab to actually get results," Papillon said.
"If we can get some kind of a match — well, that's just time consuming to get that and to get the results — I mean it's not something you can get overnight."
Papillon said it's been frustrating that none of the tests they've done so far match Baby Taylor's DNA.
"This one here is somewhat difficult in a way because we're talking about a young child. And it's kind of difficult when you're working on it and you'd like to succeed and to find some things, find some answers," he said.
Looking for clues
People in communities across southeastern New Brunswick donated time and money to make sure Baby Taylor had a proper burial.
Roughly 200 mourners attended Baby Taylor's funeral last May 1 in the Chartersville Funeral Home in Dieppe. Donations came in to pay for flowers and a headstone.
Six RCMP officers carried the tiny white casket into the non-denominational funeral.
At the time, the RCMP had hoped that the baby's parents might either attend the service or come forward to police.
That didn't happen, and a year later, Papillon said, the RCMP are still asking for the public's help in connection with the case because some small tip may be what police need to finally find the boy's parents.
"Any information that would actually help us, or even more concrete information also that could be given to us, or extra leads that we could be looking at to try to solve this," Papillion said.
"It really doesn't make sense that we could just find a body like that and there's nobody that's actually claiming it."