Brighton’s cold case ‘Baby John Doe’ renewed through DNA


BRIGHTON, Colo. (KDVR) – A newborn baby boy was found dead outside a car shop in Brighton in 2002, and now investigators are hopeful. DNA test will identify the infant or one of its living relatives.

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office said it is partnering with a Texas-based company, Othram Inc., in the effort to solve the case. The company will use a special type of DNA analysis and extraction to build a comprehensive genealogical profile for the baby.

The Sheriff’s Office said it has contributed some of the $5,000 it will cost to create the DNA profile but hopes the public will join in to help fund the rest.

A crowdfunding account has been created at DNASolves.com to help increase the remaining costs for the work. The site is operated by the company that creates the DNA profile.

What happened to Baby John Doe?

Officers arriving at L&M Auto Repair in Brighton discovered “Baby John Doe” abandoned under a bush one morning in September 2002, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The baby was wrapped in a blue blanket with the words “Skate Bear” and a corresponding image, but they found no other clues at the scene.

Investigators found the baby, born healthy between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. the night before it was found, weighed about 7 pounds and 21 inches. He has dark hair and may be Caucasian, Latino, and/or Italian.

At the time, the exact cause of death was still unknown, the clues were extinguished, and the case eventually cooled down.

Do you have information in this case?

Anyone with information about Baby John Doe is encouraged to contact Det. Byron Kastilahn at 970-356-4015. Reference case number WC02-4535. This case is also logged National system for missing and unidentified persons (or NamUs) is UP10386.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at 970-356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1 -800-222-TIPS (8477).

Tips can also be submitted through the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers website at NoCoCrimeStoppers.com. Tips that lead to an arrest and filing of charges may qualify for a cash reward.

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Emma Bowman

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