BISMARCK, N.D. – Federal officials say they have a suspect in the case of a baby's body found in a suitcase eight years ago on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley scheduled a news conference Thursday afternoon, after the suspect's court appearance.
The baby, a boy believed to be younger than 2 weeks old at the time of death, was found in November 1999, in a brush-filled coulee along state Highway 22, about seven miles north of Mandaree.
A rancher who was repairing fences in the area spotted the suitcase and opened it. He found the body inside, in a one-piece sleeper and socks, wrapped in a blanket and towel and placed in a plastic bag.
Officials released photographs of the soft-sided lavender bag and blanket in which the infant was found, hoping someone might recognize them and lead authorities to the baby's parents.
The case, along with another case involving a baby's death in Fargo, led to legislation aimed at allowing mothers to leave their unwanted babies at a hospital without fear of prosecution.