Police Release New Information on Baby Found Dead in Opelika Drainage Ditch

OPELIKA, Ala. -- Lee County coroner Bill Harris says the baby found dead in a drainage ditch Monday is that of a black female.

However, the cause and manner of death have yet to be released pending futher testing from autopsy findings.

The discovery was made early Monday morning by a maintenance worker cleaning up around the Tree Top Apartment Complex in Opelika.

Meanwhile, investigators continue to search for the mother, or the person who left the baby in the ditch. Yellow crime tape and a tent mark off the area around the drain pipe, where the infant's body was discovered.

The worker was cleaning up the grounds, when he found the baby and called police.

"The Infants body will be taken to the medical examiners office in Montgomery to determine the age and the cause of death," said Captain Allen Elkins, with the Opelika Police Department.

Investigators hung up sheets, to shield the body from onlookers and the media.

Then a few minutes later, swaddled in a white sheet, the baby was carried out and placed in a van. Investigators aren't sure if the baby was a boy or a girl.

"The child was wrapped in some type of fabric which that won't be removed, I do know the department of forensic sciences has been called into aide this investigation," Elkins said.

Opelika police are asking anyone with information in this case, to please give them a call at (334) 705-5200.

Elizabeth White of our sister station, WTVM in Columbus, Georgia  contributed to this report.