Gardaí have taken a number of DNA samples in a bid to track down the family of murdered Baby John who was found on a Kerry beach 34 years ago. DNA testing is a key focus of the investigation and around 20 officers have descended on Valentia Island. Apparently, there has been no specific intelligence but the island was the closest landmass to White Strand Beach in Caherciveen where the baby was found stabbed to death on 14th April 1984.
It is hoped that a DNA test on samples taken from a number of people in south Kerry will unearth a link between the murdered infant and his biological parents.
Superintendent Flor Murphy of Killarney Garda Station said: “The investigation into Baby John is continuing. Significant work has been undertaken since January by the local investigation team supported by the Serious Crime Review Team”.
It was in January of this year when the Garda Cold Case review team re-opened the Kerry Babies case. Over 9000 hours have been expended on the investigation and 225 separate lines of enquiry are being actively progressed. The investigation continues to appeal for information from the public and interviews with new and old witnesses are taking place. It is thought that members of the community in South Kerry may have information about the identity of the parents of Baby John, who only lived for 5 days.
“Someone is Baby John’s mother. Someone is Baby John’s father. Someone knew his mother or father. People have carried a lot of pain and hurt over the last 30 years. This is an opportunity for them to help bring closure to this terrible event and ensure that Baby John receives justice.”
The baby was found by a local farmer. He had been stabbed 28 times and his neck was broken, leading to a murder investigation that rocked the county and country. Abbeydorney resident Joanne Hayes was wrongfully accused of the crime and this year gardaí issued an apology to her in tandem with the re-opening of the case.