Who is mom of baby?

Police have released a high-tech image they say is a likeness of the mother of a baby girl found dead in a dumpster on Christmas Eve.

Police say the mother's image was produced by a company in Virginia that specializes in DNA phenotyping, which can predict physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA.

It's the first time Calgary police have used the technology.

"They have had success in the United States," Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta of the homicide unit said Wednesday. "This technique actually has been publicly utilized in Canada twice already in Ontario — in Windsor and Sudbury."

Police said they received numerous tips after the baby was found in the northwest community of Bowness, but all were investigated and ruled out.

"We have exhausted all other investigative inquiries," said Schiavetta. "We are really at an investigative standstill."

As part of that investigation, police found biological material at the scene that they sent in for the DNA phenotyping.

The results indicate that the mother is likely to be of mixed race — possibly of Metis or Indigenous descent — with fair skin. Her hair is described as dark, probably brown or black, and her eyes are hazel that may also appear green.

Schiavetta said the technology cannot predict age, weight, height or hairstyle.

Police said identifying the mother will help determine what led to the baby being placed in the dumpster. They still don't know whether the death is suspicious, so the mother is not being sought as a suspect.

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