Person of interest ID'd in missing baby case

CHIPLEY — Investigators said Monday they have identified a person of interest in the case of a missing 7-month Washington County baby, although no name was immediately released.

About 75 volunteers and officers still were searching Monday for the missing child, Shannon Lea Dedrick, who was last seen Saturday and has been the subject of an intense search since then. A press conference was expected later Monday.

“We’re not leaving any stone unturned,” Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock said. “We’re even checking every Dumpster, residential garbage cans, and bags of garbage, ditches and culverts.

Haddock said at this point nothing leads to evidence of an abduction.

“The child couldn’t walk away, the child couldn’t crawl away,” Haddock said.

Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock said Monday morning the search includes volunteers from Liberty, Bay and Gulf search and rescue organizations, and has included officers from the Chipley Police Department, Graceville Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Bay County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in addition to deputies from Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

“Cadaver dogs and specific-scent dogs from Chattahoochee Corrections and other institutions are also being used, ” Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock said.

Firefighters from various Washington County departments are also aiding in the search.

The search-and-rescue volunteers use the global positioning system as part of their search procedure

Saturday’s search extended until 1:30 a.m. Sunday and resumed at 7 a.m. Sunday. The search was ongoing Monday.

Haddock said he could not release the names of the child’s parents, and no phone number under Dedrick was listed in the local phone book. The home was about 100 yards off Brown Road and was sealed off by deputies looking for evidence. The address is just over the Chipley city limits in Washington County, so WCSO is lead agency in the search.

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