Child’s body found in trash bag near Tri-Cities


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Benton County deputies are investigating the discovery of a baby’s body in a garbage bag along Interstate 82 on Tuesday.


Details about the discovery and investigation remain sparse, including how old the child was, how it was discovered and if it’s being investigated as a homicide.


The remains were found along Interstate 82 between Richland and Benton City.


The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death, Coroner Bill Leach said.


An autopsy was conducted Wednesday but there hasn’t been a determination of the cause and manner of the child’s death, he said.


This story is developing. Check back for updates.

This story was originally published March 9, 2023 6:02 p.m.

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Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police and firefighters are in your neighborhood. Studied communications at Washington State University.

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