Police: Plant experts can help find baby's remains
Updated: Wednesday, April 3 2013, 12:55 PM EDT
LUDINGTON, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Police in Ludington have announced new information in the disappearance of Baby Kate.
It's a story Newschannel 3 has followed every step of the way since 4-month-old Katherine Phillips went missing nearly two years ago.
She lived with her mother, Ariel Courtland, in Ludington.
Last year the baby's father, Sean Phillips, was sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison for an unlawful imprisonment conviction in the case, which police have said they're treating as a homicide.
During the course of the police investigation Phillips' shoes have become prime evidence. Scientists have examined the materials found on the shoes Phillips wore the day Baby Kate disappeared.
Phillips previously wrote a letter from jail saying he put Baby Kate in a quote - "peaceful place." But, he could not identify where.
Police are now saying plant samples from his shoes will point them in the right direction and it's not a matter of "if" but "when” they will find that location.
That's because the combination of soil, seeds and moss discovered on Phillips' shoes are extremely rare and only found in a few spots in the surrounding area. This means police will soon be able to pinpoint exactly where Sean Phillips was walking the day Baby Kate disappeared.
Now police need your help. They will be conducting a two-day search at the end of June. They want to take a group of scientists and qualified volunteers along with them, ideally people who have experience and credentials in plant identification.
If you're interested in participating click here.