On that fateful day in 2005, a citizen came across the body of a full-term newborn baby boy while walking the trails near Dufferin Avenue and Parkside Drive. The Brantford police swiftly responded to the scene, initiating an extensive investigation that would span nearly two decades.
Despite the relentless efforts of the Brantford Police Service, neither the mother nor the father of Baby Parker has been identified to date.
Over the years, the Brantford police have tirelessly pursued leads and collected numerous DNA samples from people living in the area of the site where the baby was found. This extensive canvassing became one of the largest ever conducted by the police force, however, despite exhaustive efforts, no biological link to Baby Parker was found.
Numerous persons of interest were identified during the course of the investigation, only to be eliminated as potential parents of the child. A significant clue emerged in the form of a letter, purportedly penned by the mother of Baby Parker, but despite public release and the hope for someone to recognize the handwriting, no one ever came forward.
The Ontario Provincial Police offered assistance through their Behavioral Sciences Section, creating a profile of the mother based on available information. It was deduced that in 2005, the mother might have been between the ages of 13 to 17, with ties to the Holmedale neighborhood. Allegedly, the pregnancy was kept concealed from those close to her.
As the 18-year anniversary of Baby Parker’s memorial service approaches, the Brantford Police Service remains undeterred in their quest for answers. Detectives hold onto hope that the combination of community information and advancements in investigative technology may help establish a familial lineage to move the case forward.
Authorities continue to urge the public to come forward with any information related to Baby Parker’s case. Even the smallest detail could prove pivotal in unlocking this heart-rending mystery. Anyone with potentially relevant information is encouraged to contact Detective Constable Chris Fleming at 519-756-7050 ext 2851. Additionally, information can be submitted anonymously to Brant – Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or through their website: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/