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Delta Dawn
Sex Female
Race White
Location Moss Point, Mississippi
Found December 5, 1982
Unidentified for 37 years
Postmortem interval 24 Hours
Body condition Recognizable face
Age approximation 1-2
Height approximation 2'6
Weight approximation 20 - 25 pounds
Cause of death Drowning (homicide)
Delta Dawn (aka Baby Jane) is the nickname given to an infant or toddler found dead in the Escatawpa River in Moss Point, Mississippi in 1982.


It is believed that Delta Dawn was seen alive one night with a woman who was carrying a child while pacing over a bridge. The woman, presumably Delta Dawn's mother or abductor, was causing a disturbance and refused help from those who offered.

The child's body was found in the river the next day. Someone had attempted to suffocate her, but she was still alive when she landed in the water, as some water was found in her lungs, indicating she drowned.

It is unknown why the victim had been disposed of in the river, possibly by the woman carrying her or by someone who was seen that stopped and possibly grew angry when the woman refused help.

Delta Dawn's body was found after a man had called police to report a woman's body in the river, but the child's body was found instead. The adult has never been located. The caller said adult victim was wearing a blue plaid shirt. More than likely it was flannel. Also police noted it would have been hard for the caller to spot the victim from the bridge.

Another victim, the Jackson County John Doe was found after an additional search. He was not likely related to this case, as he had been shot and was deceased for a significant amount of time before.




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