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It had to be an omen.
When Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges picked up the single sheet of paper strewn among the garbage Friday, he thought it was a prank at first.
The e-mailed photo showing a landscape of two people standing beside a lake next to a large tree had these hand-written words below it: "Can you see the baby?"
Limoges thought it was a prank -- a sick prank.
But then someone pointed it out to him: the outline of a baby in the fetal position showing through the photo.
The eerie paper solicited the curiosity of the volunteers. Several expressed amazement. One volunteer called it an omen. No baby was found that day.
Volunteers took the weekend off while the landfill excavators moved garbage and prepared a new area to search.
On Monday, Limoges handed out copies of the e-mail photo to the volunteers. Later that afternoon, the discarded body of the infant boy was found.
"We found the baby not too far from that piece of paper," said Leonard Gill, owner of the landfill. "If you didn't believe (in God) before, you do now."
Morey described the e-mail as an optical-illusion photo that showed two people walking with tree branches showing a baby's silhouette and read, "Can you see the baby?"
"With this, the beginning of Holy Week, it's not a good ending, but it's an ending," Gill said. "I think God had something to do with this."