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Baby found at Jones Orchard confirmed to be Aniston Walker

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MILLINGTON, Tenn. (FOX13) -

UPDATE:

According to a release sent out from MPD, the body found at Jones Orchard in Millington is that of missing baby Aniston Walker.

"Our investigators never gave up on this case and many man hours were devoted to this investigation. However, under the circumstances of the disappearance of Aniston, we were afraid that the outcome of this investigation would not reveal a positive ending. It is heartbreaking to confirm that an innocent child's life has been taken, but now family members of Aniston Walker can have closure and begin the healing process of losing a loved one," said Director Toney Armstrong. 

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The Millington and Memphis Police Departments are investigating the death of a baby.

Police received a call at 12:14 pm Sunday after a motorcycle rider passing through the area found the body near Jones Orchard, off of Singleton Parkway in Millington.

Police are not releasing the gender of the baby, but the baby is less than a year-old and has been there 'for some time,' according to the Millington Police Chief.

The race of the child cannot be determined at this time. 

"It's very horrible, the worst I've seen in years," Inspector Charlie Coleman of Millington PD said. 

On any given week in the summer, you could find Jones Orchard filled with children and their families picking fruit and going through the corn maze. 

But Sunday a grisly discovery was found near the front entrance. 

"At about 12:14pm, we received a call from a citizen in regards to an infant body found on Singleton Parkway in front of Jones Orchard," Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback said. 

Police say a motorcyclist passing by found the body by chance. 

"He was out riding a motorcycle, he was waiting on friends, he just happened to pull over to the side of the road and that just happened to be the spot he pulled over," Chief Stanback said. 

With the orchard closed for the season, it's a discovery that may not have happened for several more months. 

The child was wearing just a onesie and was less than a year old. Police couldn't say the race or gender. 

"I will say it seems like the body's been there for some time," Chief Stanback said. 

For hours, police and forensics investigators swarmed the area, looking for clues. 

The first thought on nearly everyone's mind, if this could be linked to seven-week old Aniston Walker who went missing in January. 

"That's exactly why I called Memphis because they were working a missing infant so that's why I thought to call them first," Chief Stanback said, "Memphis Police are on the scene just in case this is the baby that is missing."

Memphis Police were called to the scene immediately because of an open missing baby investigation they're currently working. Police say they're unsure if this is related to missing baby Aniston Walker who Memphis Police have been searching for since January.

Baby Aniston was reported missing from her Northeast Memphis home, and her 33-year old mother, Andrea Walker, was charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated neglect or endangerment. The baby was never found and her mother has since been released from jail on $250,000 bond.

MORE: Andrea Walker to meet with MPD today

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DOWNLOAD: Andrea Walker Affidavit of Complaint

"Everything is pending until we find out if it is the baby we're all thinking about," Inspector Charlie Coleman of Millington PD said, "We don't know that yet so everything is still up in the air."

Police say they are waiting to hear back from the Shelby County Medical Examiner before making any conclusions. The Shelby County Medical Examiner's Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death of the baby found at Jones Orchard.

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