RODA DE BARA – The tragic news of a six-month-old baby discovered Tuesday morning on the beach of the Spanish town of Roda de Barà, province of Tarragona, has shocked many people.
The first autopsy report, published in the Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, confirmed the body, which was in an advanced stage of decomposition, belonged to a young girl.
The gruesome discovery of the young body, with some missing body parts, has led to speculation that the girl spent some time in the water before her body washed up on a Catalan beach on Tuesday.
Furthermore, forensic examination confirmed the baby was a girl and would have been around six months old at the time of death.
Scientists are looking ahead to the DNA results in the hope they can shed more light on the circumstances that led to the girl’s presence at this location and the cause of her death.
Roda de Bara mayor Pere Virgili suggested the possibility that the girl was aboard a ship attempting to cross the Mediterranean towards Europe and had foundered. This was suspected on the basis that the baby was dressed in a shirt and long pants.
The Guardia Civil has launched an investigation to determine whether it was a crime or an accident. For now, the police are keeping all options open.