Gardaí exhume Baby John's remains as part of investigation into 1984 death in Kerry 1 week ago

Gardaí exhume Baby John's remains as part of investigation into 1984 death in Kerry

The exhumation commenced "at first light" and was conducted on foot of a ministerial order.

This morning, 14 September, the remains of Baby John otherwise known as the Kerry Baby were exhumed by Gardaí at Holy Cross Cemetery in Caherciveen in Kerry.

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His remains were taken to the morgue at University Hospital Kerry for examination as part of the ongoing investigation.

Baby John died in April 1984 and Gardaí have now launched a fresh appeal for information on his death due to the belief that there may be members of the public who have information in regards to the death.

The exhumation commenced at first light and was conducted on foot of a ministerial order granted in accordance with the Coroners Act 1962 as amended.

The exhumation was conducted by Gardaí from Killarney District, assisted by Gardaí from the Garda Technical Bureau, a Forensic Anthropologist and relevant personnel from Kerry County Council and the Health Service Executive.

The Coroner for South Kerry has been kept advised.

The remains of Baby John have been reinterred at Holy Cross Cemetery this afternoon.

It has now been 35 years since the Kerry babies scandal, where the body of the infant was found dead on the rocks at White Strand with 28 stab wounds.

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Investigating Gardaí continue to believe that there are members of the public who have information in relation to the death of Baby John in April 1984 and are appealing to those people to come forward.

Investigating Gardaí continue to appeal for any information in relation to this ongoing investigation and can be contacted at Killarney Garda Station at 064 6631222, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.