It will be 5 years this Labor Day weekend since an
area family made a shocking discovery on the Mississippi
The body of a newborn baby girl was found in a bag.
floating on the river.
south of Winona.
To this day.
the case remains unsolved...
Mike joins us now with an update on the investigation...
As Sharon Forst looks out over the mighty Mississippi.
she can't help but think about that day five years
15:: It was Labor Day weekend, my husband, myself
and our two sons taking advantage of the last of summer
The Forst Family was boating on the River.
just north of the Trempealeau dam.
when they made a discovery that sticks with them to
ah, just leave it
Inside the canvas bag floating on the main channel
of the river.
was a newborn baby girl.
:27 He said 'mom there's a baby here' and I said 'Josh
that's not even funny and I turned and looked at him
and I could see by hsi face, it was something more
that he wasn't being funny :39
:06 I think our first thought was, 'is she still alive?
or wasn't she? I tried to do CPR.
It was pretty clear she was gone :14
Current Winona County Sheriff Ron Ganrude was Chief
deputy at the time.
and responded to the call..
:17 When I got to the scene it was surprising obviously,
never been involved in anything like that before :24
Investigators had little to go on from the beginning.
the contents of the bag did provide a few leads.
the baby was partially wrapped in a green t-shirt
featuring an image that appears to be a slice of bread.
The canvas bag has the word of a Mexican resort town
on the outside.
And there were also some distinct angel figurines
and a religious medallion found inside the bag.
:43 We did get a number of calls and we talked to
a lot of people, talked to a lot of women, requested
DNA from a lot of people an dthey all submitted ot
it, but just have not turned up the lead we need yet
Sheriff Ganrude says although few and far between.
they still get some tips on the case.
five years later..
:57 We're putting this on crimestoppers again where
we're looking for any and all information and we'll
follow up on it.
Even today, this year, we've gotten a couple of tipsa
nd we've followed up on them, they haven't led anywhere,
but we'll continue to work the case.
With DNA and all the things that are available to
us to use and the fact that people.
somebody knows something and eventually someone will
tell us what happened :45
While Sharon wonders what a 5-year-old baby angel
would look like today....
She's just hopes some type of closure can come soon.
:49 It's to give closure to the family that needs
it an dalso for that little girl to have a last name.
I think closure is, to move forward in life sometimes
you have to close off the past and that's got to be
lingering in their hearts :04
If you know anything about this case you're asked
to contact the Winona County Sheriff's Office Tip
Line at 5-0-7.
This is a case that is near and dear to Former Winona
County Sheriff Dave Brand...
He's also coordinating a memorial service for Baby
Angel at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona on Labor
Day at 4 p-m.
The service is for anyone wishing to pay their respects.