Mother says blanket found during landfill search belonged to missing baby Janna Rivera

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 11, 2015)-- Investigators found multiple blankets during the initial landfill search for missing baby Janna Rivera. According to police, DNA testing has not yet been conducted. The baby's mother was able to identify one of the blankets as belonging to the missing child. Sources said the evidence indicates a possible crime of violence.

Nearly two weeks after going missing, police are still searching for the body of missing 3-month-old girl. Jeff Fairbanks, Janna’s father, is the only person of interest in the case. Detectives have extensively questioned him, but no arrests have been made.

Police have searched a south side landfill, a trash transfer station and dumpster. Missing Persons Investigators explained the challenge of looking for evidence garbage dump.

"Probably one of those most difficult searches technically is a landfill search we attempt to grid out that area, we attempt to follow trash pickup and not to get too technical about how exactly that is done but once we grid that out it's just simply out digging through the garbage trying to find evidence," said Sgt. Paul Scott with IMPD.

In an email sent to FOX59, Fairbanks said he placed Janna’s body in a dumpster, which led police to search a landfill on the southwest side of Indianapolis.

“Finding Janna was the most important thing, at first, because that gives us closure, a chance at a respectable burial, and exoneration,” wrote Fairbanks. “However, I am afraid that window may have passed.  It was the hardest thing in the world to do, after the fact of Janna’s death, to take the detectives to a dumpster.”

He goes on to explain why he didn’t call 911.

“Believe it or not, it never even occured to me.  Once I couldn’t save her, all I could think about were the girls downstairs…  I guess, in some strange way, I was trying to protect them, because I knew she was already gone.”

Fairbanks said after driving “aimlessly, waiting for her to wake up, praying, thinking somehow she would,” he placed her body in a dumpster. Then he said he lied to his family and told them he had actually buried Janna, because he felt “so ashamed of what I had done.”

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