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Angel In Miss. River Baby Case Traced To Maker

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(credit: Winona County Sheriff's Office)

(credit: Winona County Sheriff’s Office)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota say an angel figurine found with a baby girl dumped in the Mississippi River was produced for a Catholic missionary group.

The figurine carried a label that said it was made exclusively for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Belleville, Ill. The Belleville News-Democrat reported the ornament was sold through a catalogue in 2000.

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension spokeswoman Jill Oliveira says investigators used a search warrant to get a list of purchasers of the ornament and are following up. Oliveira says it’s a long list that includes both people and businesses that would have re-sold the ornaments.

The girl’s body was found by boaters Sept. 5 inside a canvas bag floating in the river a few miles south of Winona.

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