MERIDEN — Less than two weeks ago, police officers, local clergy, other city officials and residents gathered at Walnut Grove Cemetery for an annual graveside remembrance ceremony, paying respects to a newborn baby that died in 1988.
The baby police named David Paul , who froze to death, was found abandoned near a tree in an empty parking lot on Jan. 2, 1988, but has never been identified. Police, in a news release issued Monday, promised an update on the 32-year-old investigation.
Police Lt. John Mennone, a department spokesman, did not provide any further information. A press conference is scheduled for today.
Colleen Fitzpatrick, a forensic genealogical consultant and founder of Identifinders International, said in an email that she would be attending the press conference at the police station.
Fitzpatrick, who is also co-executive director of the DNA Doe Project, said the DNA Doe Project had been working on the DNA sequencing in the case, which has since been referred to Indentifinders.
“All unidentified baby cases are now handled by Identifinders, unless the parents are not implicated,” Fitzpatrick wrote.
According to the Identifinders website, the company provides genealogical identification services, including DNA identification requested by law enforcement.