Police no nearer to identifying baby Alia - found dumped in Ox Hey Lane, Lostock

Forensic investigators in Ox Hey Lane, Lostock, where baby Alia was found.

Forensic investigators in Ox Hey Lane, Lostock, where baby Alia was found.

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DETECTIVES are “no nearer” to identifying newborn baby Alia, Bolton Coroner’s Court has been told.

Police still hope to solve the case 15 months after Alia was found by dog walkers in Ox Hey Lane, Lostock, on Thursday, March 14, last year.

Officers said they are still looking at the “familial aspect” of the case by trying to identify Alia’s family based on DNA records. Despite extensive appeals to trace the parents of the baby girl, who police named Alia, meaning beautiful, they have had no success so far.

The court heard that police expect to have completed the bulk of their inquiries within the next month.

Coroner Alan Walsh said he was “anxious” officers have as long as necessary to make inquiries if it means baby Alia could be identified.

He urged people to come forward with any information as there is still “concern” for the mother.

Mr Walsh said: “If baby Alia has not been identified when police inquiries are exhausted I will probably have to hear an inquest on the basis of the information that we have.

“I just hope that if anybody has information they will come forward and give that to the police.

“That does not mean anything suspicious in particular, but there is concern for the mother of baby Alia.

“The longer it goes, the more difficult and less likely it is that we will identify anybody.”

Baby Alia was found wrapped in a Flora & Fauna Tesco shirt, and police have spoken to people who bought such shirts from the area.

Police have also spoken to schoolgirls absent from lessons in Bolton with possible pregnancy around the time of the discovery.

Alia’s ethnicity and her cause of death have not been established.

A further pre-inquest review will be held on September 19 at 3pm.

Anyone with information about Alia’s parents can call police on 0161 8565448.

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12:57pm Thu 5 Jun 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Best to leave it as this baby seems to be more loved in death than she ever could have been in life, sadly.
Best to leave it as this baby seems to be more loved in death than she ever could have been in life, sadly. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 4

2:39pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Leigh blue says...

How much money has been wasted? The mother obviously doesn't want to be traced, stop wasting our money. Even if they did find her, what good would it do
How much money has been wasted? The mother obviously doesn't want to be traced, stop wasting our money. Even if they did find her, what good would it do Leigh blue
  • Score: 2

4:20pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Jim271 says...

I hope whoever did this is punished by whatever God they worship,
I hope whoever did this is punished by whatever God they worship, Jim271
  • Score: 1

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