New York State Crime Stoppers is offering up to $2,500 for information that helps solve the case of April Hope, a newborn girl found dead in 2006.
April 5th marks the anniversary of a Mount Kisco highway department employee's discovery of the body of the baby girl at the village Department of Public Works site off Columbus Avenue.
Investigators think the body was initially picked up by a vacuum truck that was clearing storm drains
in the village.
Mount Kisco Police Chief Steven Anderson said village police have exhausted the few leads they had in the homicide.
"The person involved, particularly the mother, may not be a Mount Kisco resident, so we would like as much awareness from the surrounding communities as possible," Anderson said at a news conference at police headquarters. "It's very possible that the mother does not know the fate of her child."
The mother may have turned the baby over to a trusted person whom she thought would look after the infant, Anderson said.
Crime Stoppers is offering the reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for April Hope's death.
The group can be reached at 866-313-8477. Chairman Robert L. Pavone stressed that anyone providing information will remain anonymous.
"It's not unusual for Crime Stoppers to receive information with respect to a case that's been in the media for some time," Pavone said. "A lot of times information will come in years later."
Mount Kisco police named the baby girl after the month in which her body was found. She had fair skin, dark hair and brown eyes.
"I know it had a significant impact on the officers who were directly involved in the investigation," Anderson said of the case.
The case also affected the community, which held a funeral service for the infant at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. Among those who attended was Diane Murphy, a program administrator at Westchester County's Office for Women, who was also at the news conference.
"It was heart-wrenching," Murphy said.