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Loyalty card trail revealed by abandoned baby's clothing

Clubcard records revealed possible buyers of the baby's clothing Credit: PA

A loyalty card scheme has led police to 51 people who bought the same item of clothing that an abandoned dead baby was wrapped in.

The girl, who was named Alia by officers, was left in a shirt bought at Tesco. Officers say the supermarket's Clubcard system has allowed them to trace those who purchased the item at stores close to where Alia was left in Bolton.

Fifty of those people have been interviewed and eliminated from the search. Only one has not been found.

Detective Inspector Aaron Duggan said: “Despite numerous enquiries by detectives and appeals through the media, the identity of Alia’s parents remains unknown at this time."

Detective Inspector Aaron Duggan Credit: ITV

“I do understand that although it is probably very difficult to talk about what happened, I remain hopeful that now, 12 months after the infant was found, her mother or father may feel the time is right to come and talk and let me know what happened to their baby."

Baby search police trace family's DNA

The scene where baby Alia was found Credit: PA

Detectives trying to trace the parents of a dead baby abandoned in Bolton a year ago, say they have found 100 people nationwide who could be related to the child's mother.

The girl, named Alia by officers, was discovered inside a plastic bag on Ox Hey Lane in Lostock on 14 March 2013.

Officers checked the child's DNA against their records and found potential family matches. They are now checking what connection, if any, those 100 people have to Alia's mother.

A DNA database search on the father's side has produced partial matches against 11 men from the Bolton area. Greater Manchester Police have spoken to nine of those so far.

Police 'hopeful' they can find parents of abandoned baby

Scene where baby Alia was found

Detectives are still trying to trace the parents of a baby abandoned in Bolton a year ago.

The girl named Alia by officers was found inside a plastic bag on Ox Hey Lane in Lostock. Officers are checking her DNA against their records but say they're hopeful they can identify her parents.

On Thursday 14 March 2013, the new-born was found wrapped in clothing and placed inside a plastic bag. This baby was given the name Alia, meaning beautiful.

Police say Alia lived independently of her mother for up to two hours before her death. As part of efforts to identify her parents, it has been possible to identify a DNA profile of her mother and a partial DNA profile for her father. Officers are now working to locate the matches.

Detective Inspector Aaron Duggan said: “Despite numerous enquiries by detectives and appeals through the media, the identity of Alia’s parents remains unknown at this time.

“I do understand that although it is probably very difficult to talk about what happened, I remain hopeful that now, 12 months after the infant was found, her mother or father may feel the time is right to come and talk and let me know what happened to their baby."

Funeral for baby Alia

The body of a baby girl discovered on a country lane near Bolton in March has been laid to rest.

Police called the child 'Alia' - which means 'beautiful' - after her parents failed to come forward.

Her tiny body was wrapped in a carrier bag with the plea written on a scrap of paper to give her an Islamic burial.

Today that wish was fulfilled.

Our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue has the details:

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