CLINTON, Md. - Two months after the body of a baby girl was found dumped in a Prince George's County lake, she was officially buried Friday at a memorial service in Clinton, Maryland.
Investigators say they haven't given up on finding the child's mother, and they hope Friday's service brings closure and opens a new door to solving the case. At the memorial service, a small, white casket was adorned with pink roses. The baby girl was surrounded by people who had become her family.
"If no one stands up for this baby, if we don't do it, no one will do it," said Det. Steve Campbell of the Prince George's County Police Department.
Investigators believe the baby could have been in the lake since January. With no leads on the mother, or on who could have done it, Campbell refused to let the case become just a number—so he named the baby Mary Rose Dareca.
"St. Derecka was St. Patrick's sister, so on that particular day—March 22—she was the only female saint," Det. Campbell explained.