Investigators follow up on leads, hope to find missing baby’s body

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Janna Rivera

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 3, 2015) – Police are still hoping to find the body of missing baby Janna Rivera but as the days pass they’re growing concerned. Multiple locations have been searched since the three-month-old was reported missing on Friday.

“Our investigators are just doing old fashioned detective work at this point in the case, we’ve followed up on all the leads that we feel are credible at the time,” Lt. Richard Riddle with IMPD.

The baby’s father, Jeffrey Fairbanks, is still the only person of interest in the case. A protective order filed by the baby’s mother earlier this week shows a history of alleged abuse by Fairbanks.

Police brought Fairbanks in for questioning on Friday when the baby was reported missing. The mother called 911 and told police the baby was dead. Officers found no sign of the infant when they showed up at the house in the 4100 Block of Candy Apple Boulevard.

Conflicting information has led police to search multiple locations including a south side garbage dump and a location southeast of Indianapolis in Shelby County. The baby’s dad told detectives he put the body in a dumpster but a protective order shows he may have buried his daughter.

“Detectives followed up on all of those leads, they took all the information that was coming in which was in fact different based upon which parent you talked to, so based upon that led us to the locations that we did search,” said Lt. Riddle.

Investigators did not conduct any searches for the baby on Wednesday. Additional searches are possible, but only if police receive credible information.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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