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Baby Austin Doe
Birth: unknown
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: unknown
Columbia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Baby Austin
Unidentified W/N Male Newborn (Possibly Premature)

Found July 11, 1984 In Greenwood Township, Columbia County

Case Details

On July 11, 1984, by the Austin Trail near Millville in rural Columbia County, a family dog dragged the remains of an infant into it's owner's yard.

The body had been damaged by animals and the upper torso was missing, but the head and lower torso were located. The umbilical cord was still attached. The child appeared to doctors to be a male, at approximately 7 1/2 months gestation, delivered prematurely. It is unknown if the child was born alive or not. Cause of death could not be determined.
The boy was buried at the New Rosemont Cemetery in Espy.

Shirley Walters, a Millville area woman, touched by the circumstances of the unknown child's case, adopted him as her grandson. She named him "Austin", since he had been found by the Austin Trail. She, along with donations from several other area people, purchased a gravestone for the child adorned with an angel. Through the generosity of a local supplier, the cost of the gravestone was a mere $100. Ms. Walters helped to arrange the funeral and got permission from the courthouse to tend to the child's gravesite. Through the years, she would add different decorations that reflected the age that Austin would be had he lived. It was a labor of love that would continue for the next twenty years, when the limitations of age would prevent her from being able to continue. But her nephew has taken over for her, and has pledged to keep tending the gravesite as long as he is able.

Baby Austin's case remains unsolved.

State Police Cpl Michael Reffeor reopened the case and learned that a bone sample had been saved in the evidence file when the child was buried. The sample was sent to the University of North Texas where a DNA profile was created. That profile has been entered into a national DNA database. While chances are slim, this could be the key to finding out where Baby John Doe came from, if his mother or another relative are entered into the database.

If you have any information about this case, please contact:

Pennsylvania State Police
Troop N - Bloomsburg

or you can email the Crime Assessment Unit at:

PA State Police - Bloomsburg
PA State Police - West Hazelton
PA State Police - Troop N Website

New Rosemont Cemetery
Columbia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Michelle💕ღ
Record added: Sep 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42497525
Baby Austin Doe
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I am so sorry for what was done to you. May you have everlasting happiness in Heaven's Paradise.
- Gina G.
 Added: Jan. 23, 2014
Rest in peace, my beautiful baby brother-in-Christ. I love you very, very much.
- Pinoy Pride
 Added: Oct. 20, 2013
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31
- Renae🌷
 Added: Feb. 25, 2013
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