Autopsy confirms body found in desert is Jackson Farrey

Courtesy EPPD

POSTED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 10:48am

UPDATED: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 9:48am

The University of New Mexico released the autopsy on the body that was found November 20, 2013 in the desert near Orogrande, NM on Wednesday morning. The autopsy confirms that the body of the infant found is, in fact, that of 5-month-old Jackson Farrey.

The autopsy reveals that Jackson’s body was discovered in a shallow grave, wearing only a soiled diaper and wrapped in a fleece blanket. The autopsy also shows that he was severely decomposed at the time of discovery, and his body was exhibiting mummification and partial skeletonization of his skull.

The autopsy was unable to determine Jackson’s cause or manner of death.


The Farrey family of four was reported missing from their west El Paso home on November 15th, after the family patriarch, Jeffrey Farrey failed to appear at his post on Fort Bliss. The next day, November 16th, the family’s landlord revealed to NewsChannel 9 that the family had left a suicide note inside their disheveled rental home.

Late on the evening of November 17th, the family was found at the Eagle’s Nest Motel in Escanaba, Michigan. Jackson Farrey was not located along with father Jeffrey, mother Jenna and their 19-month-old son Blake Farrey.

Three El Paso Police Department Detectives were present at the autopsy, which was performed the day after the body was found on November 21, 2013.

Jeffrey Farrey is being held on a charge of Injury to a Child by Omission, Jenna is being held on probation violations stemming from earlier child endangerment charges.
It is unknown at this time if any additional charges will come against the couple in the death of their 5-month-old son.

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