Baby Murder Case

Kent Police are reopening a murder investigation into the death of a baby girl whose body was found near Ashford nearly 16 years ago.

The newborn, nicknamed "Baby April" by the investigation team, was discovered by a couple walking alongside Singleton Lake, on 3 April 1995. She had been wrapped in a Kleenex toilet tissue bag and placed inside a 'Motaworld' carrier bag.

Baby April weighed 7lbs and is believed to have been born between 26 March and 3 April 1995. Post mortem tests revealed she died of asphyxiation.

Police started a murder enquiry but the parents were not identified and no one was held to account for her death. She was later buried in the Bybrook Cemetery, Kennington, Ashford.

Now, officers from Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate's Cold Case Team are to have the body exhumed so a forensic examination can be carried out. They are also launching a fresh appeal for anyone with any information to contact them.

Detective Inspector Dave Withers said: "It is important that we use advances in forensic technology to help us identify who the parents of this child are. We have exhumed the baby today for that purpose.

"We want to hear from anyone who may have information regarding baby April. We are particularly keen to appeal to the baby's mother. We want to hear from you and hear your side of the story.

"We understand you may be worried or frightened by what happened, you may have been a young girl at the time and you may not have been alone. I urge you to contact me, I have specially trained staff who you can speak to. They will listen to what you have to say and you will be dealt with sensitively and compassionately."

You can call the investigation team on 01634 884044 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.