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Authorites say two of three babies found in river were related

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Authorities said today they know more about the identities of three babies found between 1999 and 2007 in or near the Mississippi River in Goodhue County.

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Two children found in 1999 and 2003 are likely related to each other, DNA evidence released today confirmed.

The third baby discovered this winter is not related to those children, authorities said.

DNA results also suggest the parents of the first two babies are Caucasian. There is as much as a 70 percent chance the third child is American Indian.

"This puts a new reality to (the case)," said Goodhue County (Minn.) Sheriff Dean Albers. "It also allows us to narrow the focus. That's huge."

Albers said results from a private Florida laboratory have given police their best shot yet at determining who dumped the bodies.

The sheriff said the DNA analysis shows that the dumping of the first two bodies was "cold blooded murder."

Authorities hope the most recent information will help rustle information from the public.

"We want some leads and it just takes one ... and we'll figure this out," said Tim O'Malley, superintendent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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