July 14, 2020

Young mother charged with murder of newborn found in cooler

Caroline Riley Propes (Photo: TCSO)

(Troup County, GA) — Authorities in Troup County have made an arrest in the unsolved case of a deceased newborn that was found in a cooler on the side of the road in early 2019.

On January 6, 2019, investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation after a deceased newborn was found on the side of the road inside a cooler on Boy Scout Road in Troup County.

Earlier this week, a break in this investigation came after a genetic match identified a possible mother of the newborn.

On March 26th, investigators arrested Caroline Riley Propes, 19 years of age, of Newnan, GA and charged her with Murder in the 2nd Degree.

Investigators submitted a sample of the baby’s DNA to DNA Solutions in Oklahoma City, OK for forensic DNA analysis.

When the analysis was complete, the results were then sent to Innovative Forensic DNA, LLC (Skippers, VA) for investigative genetic genealogy research.

(Photo: TCSO)

The genetic genealogy research led to Propes being the biological mother of the baby.

“From the moment this case was opened, I and my team of investigators were determined to bring this case to a conclusion,” said Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff.

“I cannot thank them enough for their determination to close a case that touched many people and were it not for the work of DNA Solutions and Innovative Forensic DNA, LLC, this case may not have been solved. We greatly appreciate their assistance.”

Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for further details as they become available.

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