Divers spent the morning in the CountrySide pond, where a newborn girl was discovered floating Sunday morning, as they attempt to uncover more evidence of a potential crime.
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's Underwater Search and Evidence Recovery Team went out to the pond of Awsley Court in CountrySide beginning at 8 a.m. to do a "search and recovery for any evidence of a crime," according to sheriff's office spokesperson Liz Mills.
The sheriff's office is investigating the infant's death as a potential homicide, even as it waits for a final report from the medical examiner's office.
Around 11:45 a.m. Sunday, April 7, someone walking along the path around the pond saw a baby floating just under the water near the bank. The baby girl has not been identified, but preliminary information from the medical examiner indicate that she was Caucasian or possibly Hispanic, was full term and had not eaten anything when she died. The baby likely died at or around the time of her birth, although her exact age has not been determined.
It is not yet clear if she had been born alive or if she was stillborn. She had been in the water "no more than a couple days" when she was discovered.
The sheriff's office continues to search for her mother.
Before today's search, a Reverse 911 message went out to almost 2,800 homes to alert them and to ask for any information. Another canvass of the neighborhood also is planned.
In addition to divers, investigators conducted another search of the area around the pond to search for anything that may have been dropped or disposed of, Mills said, essentially working to do the most thorough search of the area possible.
Anyone with information about the baby's death or the potential identity of her mother is asked to call Investigator S. Petrakos at 703-777-0475.