On February 23, 2016, at approximately 4:22 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of 67th Street and Gardenia Avenue, to assist the Long Beach Fire Department with the dead body of an infant that appeared to have been burned.
Upon their arrival officer conducted a preliminary investigation and notified the Homicide Detail. Detectives responded to the scene and confirmed the deceased was that of an infant and not burned, but in a state of decomposition giving it that appearance.
The deceased infant was found by neighborhood residents who were walking in an alley where 67th Street and Gardenia Avenue meet. The infant was among some cardboard boxes and debris.
The cause of death is unknown at this time and will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. They will also determine the approximate age and race of the infant.
The investigation remains ongoing and we are asking for the public’s help. If anyone is aware of someone who was recently pregnant, but is no longer in that condition, and is not caring for an infant, we would like to speak with them.
Anyone with information is urged to call Homicide Detectives Peter Lackovic, Sean Irving, or Oscar Valenzuela at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit http://www.lacrimestoppers.org/