PORTLAND -- The remains of a newborn girl were found at a North Portland recycling center Tuesday morning, police said.
Based on autopsy results, detectives believe the baby was born within the past few days.
Officers were called just after 8:30 a.m. to EFI Recycling, at 4325 N Commerce Street, when someone reported finding human remains among the recycling items, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau.
A medical examiner determined the baby had been alive for a short time and managed a few breaths before she died.
Homicide detectives were called in to investigate. There were no signs of traumatic injuries, the medical examiner said.
The CEOof the recycling company, Scott Jenkins released the following statement after the discovery:
On Tuesday, May 28 at 8:30am, one of our employees found human remains on the commercial sort line. Authorities were notified immediately and our facility was closed while detectives investigated the scene. We are saddened by these events and trust the police will find and punish those responsible.
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