Speculated Connection: Could "Baby Doe" be Ludington's Baby Kate?

Two weeks ago, remains of a 4-year-old girl were found in a garbage bag on a Boston Harbor beach. Authorities are yet to identify this child who people across the country are calling “Baby Doe.”

The mystery behind the girl’s identity has led many to wonder, could this be Ludington’s missing Baby Kate? Katherine Phillips disappeared just over 4 years ago. Remains of the then-4-month-old baby were never found.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is aware of the situation and is working with Massachusetts authorities to evaluate the speculated connection. Sherriff Kim Cole says there is no information to verify any kind of connection between the cases, but the agencies are sharing DNA evidence to investigate the possibility.

Baby Kate’s father, Sean Phillips, is awaiting the trial for her murder. If a connection is made between the two, this could prove to be significant evidence in that trial.

If you have any information regarding the identity of Baby Doe, contact the Mason County Sherriff’s Office immediately. The photo above is a computer-generated image of what the child would have looked like based on her remains. 

UPDATE: The Ludington Daily News is reporting that preliminary results have found the DNA from the girl's remains NOT to match Baby Kate's. Authorities still awate official lab results. 

Manistee River Cleanup Recruiting Volunteers

This Saturday, July 11th, over 100 volunteers will gather to help clean and preserve the Manistee River. This annual cleanup event helps to keep the river in good condition for animals living there as well as the people visiting.

Members of the Metro West Steelheaders and the Steelhead Manifesto leading the cleanup are calling for more volunteers. The river runs nearly 200 miles through Michigan so there is virtually no limit to the number of people that can help.

The crew will meet up at High Bridge at 9 AM and clean until 2 PM. After, there will be a cookout to thank volunteers including a prize giveaway.

To sign up, copy and paste the link below into your browser:

DNR Opens Survey Regarding Future of Ludington State Park

The Parks and Recreation Division of the Michigan DNR has opened an online survey in order to receive public opinions and ideas about the future of the Ludington State Park.

The survey asks respondents for input about their satisfaction with campgrounds, beaches, trails, shelters, fishing locations, and landmarks like Big Sable Point Lighthouse. Those taking the survey can then freely propose any ideas or suggestions they may have for the park.

The DNR has big plans for the future of Ludington State Park, and they want to be sure to consider the public’s input as much as possible.

Follow the link to take the questionaire:

Vote House of Flavors as Best Ice Cream Shop in West Michigan

WZZM 13 has been holding an open vote to find the best ice cream shop in West Michigan. Ludington’s own House of Flavors had been leading the competition, but has recently fallen into second place behind the Mooville creamery in Nashville.

House of Flavors needs your votes! The poll ends this Saturday, July 11th, and House of Flavors is just a few hundred votes from being named West Michigan’s best ice cream.

Copy and paste the link below into your browser to submit your vote:

Memorial Highway Dedication Ceremony for Fallen Trooper

A highway dedication ceremony is being held by the Michigan State Police Hart Post for trooper Paul K Butterfield II. Butterfield was shot and killed in the line of duty on Sept. 9, 2013.

The highway dedication ceremony will be held at the Lincoln Hills Country Club, July 13 at 2:30 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP to Nancy Sundberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 231-873-2171

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