Baby Boy Horry case grows cold

The baby, who police said died of exposure, was inside of a Bath & Body Works canvas tote bag.

One year after a utility worker found a deceased newborn infant in a canvas tote bag, police are saying the case has grown cold.

Horry County Lt. Jamie DeBari said Wednesday the initial leads into the case have been exhausted, but he hopes a renewed media interest this week will lead to new tips.

"We have seen where cases have sat (for years) and then somebody has a change of heart or it just pulls at their heart strings and they come forward with information," DeBari said.

On Dec. 4, 2008, a utility worker found the infant in a wooded section of Meadowbrook Road off Highway 544 near Conway.

The baby, who police said died of exposure, was inside of a Bath & Body Works canvas tote bag which was sold only during the month of August 2008.

During the first few days and weeks of the investigation, detectives released a sketch of the infant, and while it generated a decent number of leads, DeBari said none of them panned out.

"Unfortunately, we haven't gotten anything," DeBari said.

Just because police don't have concrete leads at the moment doesn't mean it's the end of the road in this case, and DeBari thinks it will be solved eventually.

"I'm pretty sure there's somebody out there who knows something or has information that would be beneficial to us in the investigation still."

A one-year anniversary memorial service for Baby Boy Horry will be held at Hillcrest Cemetary on Friday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. It is open to the public.

Anonymous tips can be phoned in to the Horry County Police Department at 843-915-TIPS (8477).

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