Canyon County

Baby’s body found under Nampa porch is female, but still unidentified

The body of an infant found under the deck of a Nampa home in 2015 was determined to be a girl after a forensic investigation, according to Nampa Police Department Det. Angela Weekes.

The remains were discovered Aug. 15 by a contractor who was replacing an old deck at a house on the 1300 block of West Teton Avenue. The house had just been sold, and the new owner was anticipating using it as a rental property.

FBI investigators helped Nampa police with a DNA forensic analysis of the remains, but they haven’t identified who the child was. Investigators need DNA from people related to the infant to determine her identity, and so far they haven’t pinned down who the baby’s family is, Weekes said.

The property went through several owners and was vacant for a time, so it’s a complicated investigation. The body could have been placed there by a person who didn’t live on or near the property.

Investigators have been using a list of past tenants and other potential leads to try to determine the infant’s family. Now investigators are going back over that list of tenants and any other leads that come in to compare against the DNA of the infant, Weekes said.

This case is still being investigated as a suspicious death, since they haven’t yet determined what happened to the baby that led to its death, she said. If you have any information about the infant or people possibly connected to the infant, call Nampa dispatch at 208-465-2257.

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner