Police search South Maroota over the alleged decade old murder

A search is underway in South Maroota as part of investigations into the suspected murder of a newborn baby a decade ago.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad recently received information that a child was born in late 2007 or early 2008 before being murdered shortly after, and buried on a rural property.

Strike Force Enact, which was subsequently established to investigate the reports, has involved extensive inquiries with the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) and NSW Health.

As a result of their inquiries, strike force detectives and Public Order and Riot Squad officers began a search at a Cliftonville Road property at about 8am on Tuesday, July 18.

The search is expected to be lengthy as much of the area is dense bushland.

Detective Chief Inspector Angelo Memmolo from the Homicide Squad appealed to the community for information that may assist their investigation.

“An investigation into the death of a baby will always be delicate and challenging for police and this incident is of great concern to us,” Detective Chief Inspector Memmolo said.

“We are hoping someone in the community may have information relating to the circumstances surrounding the baby’s death.

“While there are restrictions around what we can say publicly at this stage, we believe in these circumstances, this could be enough to spark someone’s memory.

“If anyone has knowledge about the possible murder of a baby around this time, please get in touch with us.”