Baby FeetUnidentified White Male Infant


Baby John Doe
Unidentified White male Infant
ME/C Case Number: 10-77-1397
NamUs MP # 10855
Found in Des Moines River
Des Moines, Iowa
Polk County
Investigating Agency: Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office
December 12, 1953

Polk County in Iowa
Polk County in Iowa
Des Moines map Des Moines in Polk County

On Saturday, December 12, 1953, officials recovered a white male infant from the Des Moines River in Polk County, Iowa. The newborn had been struck in the skull and burned and charred before being tossed into the river.

The infant’s charred body was burned beyond recognition, and investigators could determine neither the child’s exact weight nor height, but did identify a skull fracture in the baby’s head.

Detectives believe the infant was likely killed sometime on or around Dec. 12, 1953.

The baby wore no clothing, and the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office took over the case in attempts to identify the newborn’s body.

No DNA or dental charting is available in this case.

Information Needed

If you have any information about this white unidentified male infant please contact the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office at (515) 286-2102 or NamUs Regional Administrator Melissa Gregory at (855) 626-7600.


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