Effort Underway to Identify Dead Infant Discovered in Bellflower


BELLFLOWER (CNS) - An investigation is underway today to determine whether an infant girl found dead in a car seat behind a Bellflower mortuary is the daughter of a depressed Northern California man last seen with his 8-month- old daughter driving in Bellflower, authorities said.

The coroner's office was working to notify the infant's family so her name could not be released, and the cause of her death was undetermined pending an autopsy, coroner's Investigator Jerry McKibben told City News Service.

The infant was found in a car seat partially covered by a blanket about 10:35 a.m. Monday behind a mortuary in the 10300 block of Alondra Boulevard, Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Sheriff's Information Bureau said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A search, meanwhile, continued for 30-year-old Northern California resident Alexander Echeverria, last seen with his 8-month-old daughter about 10:30 p.m. Friday driving in Bellflower in a gray 2014 VW Jetta, with California license number 7FFT866.

The sheriff's department said Echeverria suffers from depression and that his family was concerned about his safety and that of the child.

Echeverria is Hispanic, 5 feet 6, about 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts was asked to call the sheriff's department at 323-890-5500 or 911. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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