Dead baby found floating near Boynton Beach Inlet no more than 14 days old

Deputies release sketch of baby girl found floating in ocean


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Deputies have released a sketch of a baby girl whose body was found floating in the ocean near the Boynton Beach Inlet.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Monday released an artist's rendering of what the baby may have looked like at birth.

Investigators said the naked infant was found on the Atlantic Ocean side of the inlet Friday by an off-duty firefighter who was boating in the area. The body was found 75 to 100 feet east of the shoreline near Boynton Beach Inlet Park. 

Detectives said the baby was no more than 14 days old.

"We don't know exactly how long the child was in the water," Capt. Steven Strivelli said. "I mean, we have some ideas, but I don't want to put that information out." 

Detectives are asking for the community's help trying to identify the girl or her parents.

"It's gut-wrenching and we hate seeing it, and we really, desperately want to get to the bottom of what happened," Strivelli said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 561-688-4155.

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