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Police Still Searching For Missing Lansing Woman After Newborn Baby Found Dead

March 21, 2019 - 11:55 am

LANSING (WWJ) - Police continue to search for a missing Lansing woman, after her newborn baby was found dead.

Michigan State Police put out a call for tips in the case Monday night, saying 35-year-old Ashley Rae Shade and her six-day old infant girl were missing. Few details were released at that time; and it wasn't clear why police believed the pair may be in danger. 

Tuesday afternoon, Lansing police said they found the missing woman's car, a 2002 Toyota Camry, parked in the 100 block of E. Kilborn St. in Lansing. 

"Tragically located inside of the vehicle was the female new born infant, deceased," police wrote, in a statement. 

Officer Robert Merritt said it's too soon to comment on a cause of death for the child, as police await autopsy results that may take several weeks. 

Shade was last seen in the area of S. Washington Avenue and Holmes Road in Lansing. She is described as 5'8'' tall and 135 lbs. with curly, sandy blonde hair and a tattoo on the back of her neck.

Merritt told WWJ that family members have expressed concern about Shade's health.

"Our biggest concern right now is to locate Ms. Shade," Meritt said. "Nobody else was at the vehicle, and that general area is still in the process of being searched...and following up on some tips and leads that we've got."

On Thursday, police said they still don't have any idea where Shade is.

"Again we're reaching out to the public," Meritt said. "If anybody knows anything, make sure that they give us a call."

Those with information on Shade's whereabouts should call call 911 or Lansing police at 517-483-4600. Tipsters may also send a private message to Lansing police via the department's Facebook page