Tragedy as baby boy’s death still a mystery after body found at golf course

An inquest into the death of a baby boy found by a dog walker at a Merseyside golf course in January was held today, with authorities still clueless as to who the child is or how he died.

The dog walker stumbled across the remains at Brackenwood golf course in Wirral on January 29 at around 4.30pm, before alerting police.

All attempts to trace the baby's family, including a national DNA hunt, have so far been unsuccessful, with police's efforts through press and leafleting falling short, the Liverpool ECHO reported.

During an inquest hearing held at Gerald Majella Courthouse in Kirkdale today, that lasted just 10 minutes, senior coroner Andrew Rebello said that despite extensive examinations by two pathologists the medical cause of death could not be ascertained.

Senior coroner Mr Rebello said: "The police issued press releases and posters in the area and unfortunately no-one has come forward."

Mr Rebello said it was believed the baby's body may have been left at the golf course at some time between December and January 18 or 19, when a groundskeeper at the course recalled seeing a bag on the ground.

The inquest also heard that DNA analysis carried out on the child had not revealed his identity and inquiries had been made with hospitals.

Mr Rebello said the baby's remains had been released for a funeral held in Wirral and added: "The baby was buried rather than cremated in a case a relative comes forward in the future."

The funeral was held as a private service in May at Landican cemetery in Wirral, with members of the public asked not to attend.

He said it was unknown whether the baby was born alive or stillborn.

Mr Rebello said: "Hopefully any publicity from the inquest will lead to relatives of this baby coming forward."

An open conclusion was recorded.

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