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Infant's autopsy results held back in probe

Medford police announced Tuesday they would not immediately release the results of an autopsy on a newborn baby girl whose body was found Saturday in a garbage bin at the Holiday Inn Express in south Medford.

"The results of the autopsy are not being released at this time due to the active investigation," Medford police Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said in a statement. "Medford police understand the public's desire for more information; however, releasing information could compromise the case."

State Medical Examiner Dr. James Olson completed the autopsy at about 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Oregon State Police Crime Lab in Central Point, Budreau said. The procedure took about three hours, he said.

Police also continue to withhold the name of the baby's 19-year-old mother, whom police found Monday with the help of a witness. The mother, a Medford resident, gave a statement to police outlining her version of what happened. That information also has not yet been released to the public to protect the investigation, Budreau said.

Detectives continued to interview the woman's friends and family Tuesday, he said.

The woman lives with her mother in Medford and has no other children, Budreau said. It's unclear whether she is employed, but police have said she is not enrolled in school.

The female witness who led police to the mother had seen the mother in the area of the garbage bin while she still was pregnant and again later after the baby's body had been discovered, he said.

Police knew how to find the woman because they interviewed her Saturday before the witness came forward, he said.

The baby's body was discovered Saturday morning by a homeless man who was rummaging through the garbage bin for recyclables.

Reach reporter Paris Achen at 541-776-4459 or pachen@mailtribune.com.