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Authorities ask for help identifying 'Precious Joe'

This hoop earring was found near the body of Precious Joe back in 2004.

Kansas City, Missouri Police and Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd are asking for the public’s help in solving a three-year-old case involving a dead newborn found along a road in Platte County.

“Precious Joe,” as the baby has been dubbed, was found by electric workers on April 26, 2004 near Tiffany Springs Road and North Hull.

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said, “April 26 is the three-year anniversary of the discovery of this child, who we have named Precious Joe. We heard much over the past several years about Precious Doe, and, thankfully, the public’s help allowed us to identity that little girl. Now we need people’s help to solve another important case involving the death of a young child.”

Precious Joe is a white male newborn. His body was found by electric line workers for Kansas City Power and Light along the road near Tiffany Springs Road and North Hull.

The baby was lying under a Wal-Mart bag. In addition, police found a hoop earring near the child’s body.

Authorities indicated this week for the first time publicly that the baby’s body had been partially eaten by an animal.

Kansas City Police Chief Jim Corwin said, “Someone knows what happened to this baby and how and why he was placed in this location. I urge that person to call the TIPS Hotline to help us learn what happened.”

The case is now being investigated by the Kansas City Police Department’s Cold Case Squad.

The TIPS Hotline number is (816) 474-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous, and a reward is available for information that leads to the identity of Precious Joe.