New details released in case of ‘Baby Hope’ found in backpack

DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill. — DuPage County officials are hoping new information may help the case of “Baby Hope” — the unidentified infant whose body was found last summer in a wooded area near Wheaton.

“Baby Hope” was discovered in an unincorporated area in August of 2016. A resident spotted a backpack in the middle of a private drive the morning of August 15th, 2016. Later in the day two landscapers discovered the dead newborn with dark hair inside the bag.

Monday, officials released information regarding the items found at the scene.

Pollen testing suggests the items “spent a significant amount of time in an urban area of Northern Illinois,” a statement from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office said.

“Testing also indicates that the items possibly originated in the Southwest United States before coming to Illinois.”

Authorities also released pictures  of the backpack, along with a brown bathmat and toilet seat cover found inside the backpack.

Last fall, investigators have released composite sketches.

Sketches of possible parents

The investigators say, based on DNA, both the mother and father of “Baby Hope” are of Latino ancestry.

Detectives also say, based on “Baby Hope’s” DNA, that they believe the mother was taking a medication called Lamotrigine, also called Lamictal. It is commonly used for treatment of epilepsy, seizures, bipolar disorder or sleeping disorders.

NCMEC and the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office are asking anyone with information to please call NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).