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Reporter Charlie DeMar first obtains photo of missing 3-month-old Janna Rivera

INDIANAPOLIS (June 1, 2015) – Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office served a protection order against the father of a missing 3-month-old baby, who was reported missing Friday.

According to the sheriff’s department, the protective order was filed by the baby’s mother on Monday.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police continued their search for 3-month-old Janna Rivera Monday at an “undisclosed location.” The search location was based on leads generated over the weekend, although police would not provide more details about the area at the center of the search. Police had been out since early Monday morning but the search turned up empty.

Police believe baby Janna is dead and her body was put in a dumpster on the East Side. Her disappearance set off a large search Friday.

Over the weekend, crews combed through trash at South Side Landfill Incorporated and the Mount Comfort Transfer Station. They suspended the search both locations.

“That’s why we searched specific locations based upon information that we learned from third party trash vendors,” said Lt. Richard Riddle with IMPD.

Monday’s searched turned up nothing of evidentiary value, according to IMPD. The effort involved IMPD’s Missing Persons and Homicide units as well as agents from the FBI Indianapolis Field Office and FBI Evidence Recovery Team. Police continue to follow leads in the case and will consult with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office as the case develops.

“We are consulting with the prosecutor’s office to determine what criminal charges are applicable as this case progresses, we are looking at any and all criminal charges for anyone that was involved,” said Lt. Riddle.

The baby’s father continues to be the only person of interest in the case.  FOX59 spoke with him Monday afternoon as he exited his house. He said baby Janna died Thursday from SIDS. Police said they cannot determine an official cause of death without the baby’s body.


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