UCM students find remains at Pertle Springs

by Andy Lyons
Managing Editor

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — Police responded to Pertle Springs Tuesday afternoon after two UCM students found the remains of an infant in a research cave.

Eva Gann and a fellow biology student were using the cave to study how snakes react to temperature changes while wintering in a cave. She said she filed a police report on Feb. 17 after discovering the lock on the cave had been broken off and found what she assumed was burned trash.

She returned to the cave Tuesday with fellow student Travis Lyon and noticed a foul smell in the cave.

“We went back (Tuesday) and it smelled like rotten meat coming from the burnt trash,” Gann said. “I saw what looked like a diaper so I started going through the trash bag with a stick and said to Travis, ‘This looks like (muscle) tissue.’”

Gann said she flipped the trash bag over and saw a foot and the hand of a baby.

“I thought it was a doll so I squeezed the foot and knew it was real,” Lyon said.

After making their discovery, Gann and Lyon left the cave and Gann called 911.

Gann initially reported the break-in on Feb. 17. She said a police officer met her on UCM’s campus to take a statement regarding the vandalism, and she provided them with pictures of the burnt trash. She said she and Lyon were not able to return to the cave due to the weather until Tuesday.

UCM Media Relations confirmed on Tuesday night that the body of an infant was found at Pertle Springs, which the university owns.

“Law enforcement personnel are investigating the matter,” UCM officials wrote in a news release. “No additional information is available at this time.”

Lyon said the last time they were at the cave, Feb. 17, they didn’t look through what they assumed was just trash and only collected data for Gann’s research.

“One of our snakes was wounded on the ground, so we assumed it was vandals,” Lyon said.

University officials are asking that anyone who has information that could assist in this investigation to contact the UCM Department of Public Safety at 660-543-4123.

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6 Responses to UCM students find remains at Pertle Springs

  1. Anonymous Andy Reply

    March 5, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    What messed up psycho throws an unwanted baby in a cave?

  2. Kansas City Reply

    March 6, 2014 at 11:48 am

    What a monster!!! Hopefully this horrible mother is found and punished fully. There’s so many other options of what can be done with unwanted children, this is definelty not one of them. There is NO EXCUSE for why this poor, innocent baby was throw away like a piece if trash. It’s to bad that this monsters mother decided to give her life. When this true trash is found I hope she’s thrown out to the real women in prison and justice be served!!!!

  3. Trudy Reply

    March 6, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    It’s a shame that a baby is just discarded like trash. I guess it just goes to show how some people are raised and don’t have respect for nobody, but that’s how this world is leading up to! Unless either of the parents of the baby are criminals they will never find out. That’s precious little soul is up in heaven with the angels and the lord now, :).

  4. Kathy Murray Reply

    March 6, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    This is awful how a baby is disregarded like it was trash! The mother had to be in so much fear about it that she felt she had no choice but to do it the way she did this. But there obviously was someone else involved if it was my casearn section. She surely couldln’t have given her ownself a casearn section. But another question is what is the difference of the way this woman did it than a doctor that does an abortion. In this case, the mother killed the baby by this choice or whoever else delivered the baby. And in the case of the abortion the mother and the doctor are killing the baby! Sorry my opinion and everyone has one!

  5. Jennifer P Reply

    March 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Are we sure the mother is ok?? I guess I’m not understanding what exactly happened. Did the C-section occur in the cave??

  6. teri Reply

    March 8, 2014 at 6:21 am

    How do you know it is a c-section I read nothing about that? It is a sad deal none the less

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