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Clues sought in case of infant found in Yaphank garbage

A laborer at a Yaphank waste transfer station

A laborer at a Yaphank waste transfer station found a baby's body inside compressed trash on Monday, officials said. (Jan. 4, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Two months after the body of an infant was found in a backpack in a bale of garbage in Yaphank, Suffolk police have released a photo of the backpack, hoping for clues on the baby's identification and whoever disposed of him.

The baby was found at the Winters Bros. transfer station on Old Dock Road on Jan. 4. Police said the child was a white, newborn boy.

He was found in a backpack compressed in a 5,000-pound bale of garbage waiting to be loaded onto a flatbed truck.

"We don't have any idea where this came from," Winters Bros. district manager Kevin Nolan told Newsday at the time.

It remains unclear whether the baby died after birth or was a stillbirth.

The newborn is going to be buried with the name "Thomas Hope" at Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury on Saturday.

The transfer center handles waste from across Suffolk County and processes material delivered by its own trucks and from other companies. Recyclables are separated from the trash before it is compacted.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the case to contact the Suffolk Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

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