For Immediate Release

February 27, 2001

Events Currently Being Planned
Through the Public Information Office
of the Sheriff's Office

  1. Friday, March 2nd at 10 a.m. the Sheriff and the Homicide Unit of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office will offer the media/public an update of the investigation surrounding the death of "Baby Michael". The newborn boy died on March 3rd, 1999 on the side of Cannady Pond Road in Grays Creek, where he was found by passing motorists. Investigators from the Homicide Unit will be updating the press on the status of the investigation and be available for questions. The press conference will be in the Assembly Room of the Sheriff's Office, located at 131 Dick Street in Fayetteville.

  2. Saturday, March 3rd (12 Noon) will be the date of a second memorial service at Hair's Chapel Church in Linden in honor of Baby Michael. Members of the church are coordinating a brief service in the church on Duck Pond Road in Linden. The Reverend Earl Swinson (910) 897-3257 is organizing this year's service and pledges to continue to honor the infant on this date until his death is solved. Media may contact this office or the Reverend for more information relating to the service. The public is both invited and encouraged to attend this memorial service.

  3. Thursday, March 8th at 3:30 p.m. (until 5 p.m.) members of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce's "Leadership Fayetteville" program will be touring exhibits presented by departments within the Sheriff's Office at the Training Complex site (located behind the Crown Coliseum off Highway 301). The participants will view the Sheriff's Office Mobile Command Post, Arson Devices, Gang Paraphernalia, the Search and Rescue Unit, as well as demonstrations from the K-9 Unit and Special Response Team.

For more information, contact Stephanie Hardy, Public Information Officer Phone: (910) 677-5487 Pager: (910) 677-4313 Fax: (910) 677-5558.

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