UPDATE: Placenta Found Near Rio Grande Was Male, African-American

UPDATE: Placenta Found Near Rio Grande Was Male, African-American

POSTED: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 5:47pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 2:07pm

LAS CRUCES— DNA analysis on the placenta found last month has been released Thursday.

A genetics analysis of the human placenta, which was found near the Rio Grande on Jan. 29 on the east side of the river near La Llorona Park, revealed that the placenta was of a newborn male, possibly of African or African-American descent.

General Genetics Corp., based at New Mexico State University, conducted the DNA analysis of the remains. The profile was from DNA recovered from the placenta. The DNA was a mixture of both the mother's and newborn's genetic structure.

New Mexico's medical investigator's office also conducted its own investigation and found that the placenta was from a near full-term or full-term birth. They also said the placenta showed no signs of disease or sickness.

Investigators with the Las Cruces Police Department searched the area where the placenta was found and did not find any other evidence at the scene. A U.S. Border Patrol cadaver dog also failed to find any other evidence.

There is no evidence to suggest a crime has been committed. The Las Cruces Police Department asks for the public's help in identifying the birth-mother and the child.

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