Crime

Photos: Amazing 53-day search for Sharrieckia Page's baby in a landfill

Earlier today, we told you about the discovery of remains identified as Torrey Brown Jr., a seven month old whose body was allegedly thrown away by his mother, Sharrieckia Page; see original coverage below. The death of this child is undeniably terrible, but the story of the search for his body is astonishing: a 53-day marathon involving hundreds of people in the most miserable conditions imaginable. Sergeant Joe Dougherty, the recovery incident commander, puts it like so: "We were searching in hell so one small soul could go to heaven."
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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