Advanced Technology Assists Detectives With Cold Case Infanticide

Thursday, June 22, 2017

On December 21, 1996, an unidentified infant was discovered inside the Lillian Vernon warehouse located on International Parkway.  The infant was found wrapped in a "Colours" brand red short-sleeve polo shirt.  The shirt had a logo bearing the words "Sports Athletic Champion".  The infant was identified as a female with black hair.  She had been deceased only a few days before being found.


Virginia Beach Police investigators have recently sought the services of Parabon NanoLabs (Parabon), a DNA technology company in Virginia that specializes in DNA phenotyping:  the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence.  Law Enforcement agencies use the company's Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service to generate leads in criminal investigations.

The results of the infant's DNA submission have indicated that the baby was 94.2% East Asian descent.  The report indicates the baby's mother and father lineage are possibly from Cambodian, Dai, Lahu, Thai, Vietnam or the Philippines.

These results help narrow the focus of the investigation from several thousand employees to less than one hundred. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or by texting "VBTIP" and the information to CRIMES (274637). 

Tipsters will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.


This case remains under investigation by members of the Department's Cold Case Unit.

MPO Tonya Pierce

Police Public Affairs Officer​