Baby Jane DOE-Utah County
On October 21, 1950, the body of a newborn baby girl was discovered by a couple in a virtually dry Provo riverbed 3 miles from the mouth of Provo Canyon, not far from Christmas City Cafe/Tavern. The body was wrapped in a sheet and weighed down with a large rock while the water was probably still running. Water was turned out of the river about two days before at Murdock diversion dam. The body was badly decomposed so neither a cause nor manner of death could be determined though her race was determined as white. The Utah County Sheriff Theron S Hall said that a Provo physician who inspected the body said the infant was at least a seven-month fetus, but he was unable to determine whether or not an abortion was involved. The death certificate described the baby as a near term infant.
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