• 59°

Deceased newborn found in cooler bag

The Troup County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a deceased newborn was found on Boy Scout Road on Sunday.

According to a press release, the sheriff’s office discovered a deceased newborn child in a portable cooler bag.

According to the sheriff’s office, witnesses in the area said that the cooler had been on the side of the road, near the wood line for several days and maybe up to a week.

Sgt. Stewart Smith with the TCSO said the sex of the baby was unknown at this point.

Smith said the deceased child is white and is several days to a few weeks old.

According to the press release, an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday at the GBI Crime Lab.

“Hopefully a cause of death will be determined, and they will let us know the sex at that point,” Smith said.

The cooler is light blue in color with pictures of watermelon slices and zips at the top, front and sides. Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at (706) 883-1616 or Crime Stoppers at (706) 812-1000.