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RCSO releases photos of towels, box found near deceased infant in East Rockingham; reward offered

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ROCKINGHAM — Investigators are releasing potential evidence photos in hopes someone will come forward in the case of a newborn who was found dead last week near the railroad tracks in East Rockingham.
In an update on Tuesday, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office released photos of two towels and a heater box found at the scene that “investigators are certain are related to the case.”
Investigators believe the box and towels came from the same home.

“We ask that if anyone recognizes the towel(s) or the box, to please contact investigators …and ask if you believe they are from your residence, to please contact us,” reads the press release.

According to the sheriff’s office, investigators have been following up on all the leads they have received and are working with the state medical examiner to learn more about the baby boy.

The infant’s body was found deceased next to the tracks between 9th Avenue Aleo and South Street on Thursday, Jan. 26 after a call was made to the 911 Center.


A candlelight vigil is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Discount Grocery in East Rockingham.

Sheriff Mark Gulledge is offering a cash reward for information leading to the identification of the individual or individuals responsible, however the amount has not yet been disclosed.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at 910-895-3232, Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454 or 911.

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