Body found in Salem was fetus, autopsy finds

Body found in Salem was fetus, autopsy finds

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on April 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 14 at 9:16 AM

SALEM -- Remains found in a Salem yard have been identified as those of a fetus, not an infant as deputies initially thought, police said.

An autopsy revealed the body found in the 4700 block of Carolina Avenue NE Wednesday night was that of a 24 to 25-week-old fetus, the medical examiner's office said Friday.

Background: Body of infant found in backyard of Salem home

After the story was reported Thursday, detectives received calls and tips that helped them find the mother, according to Don Thomson of the Marion County Sheriff's Office

The mother told investigators she had suffered a miscarriage on the morning of April 11.

"At this time, this investigation is being categorized as a medical incident," Thomson said. "Consistent with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the identity of the mother will not be released."

Results of the autopsy and the investigation will be sent to the district attorney's office for review.

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