TYRONE, Pa. (WJAC) — This weekend, a Blair County church will once again hold a special ceremony and prayer service that will include the story of an infant who had a very short life and yet continues to inspire the community more than 30 years later.
Her simple grave marker contains these words:
Baby Agnes Doe, February 1987, our little angel known only to God.
In February 1987, a dog discovered the partial remains of an infant girl in a wooded area near Bellwood, Blair County.
No one knows what happened to her, although state police investigated the case thoroughly.
Peter and Denise Kreckel, along with others, gave the child a proper burial.
They chose the name Agnes, which is the name of the Roman Catholic saint who is the patron saint for little girls.
A funeral service for baby Agnes Doe was held at St. Mathews Catholic Church in Tyrone, and the church was packed.
This Sunday, the church is holding its annual March for Life, including a walk from the church to Oak Grove Cemetery, where baby Agnes is buried.
To this day, baby Agnes’ true identity, and why she died after living only a few days, is still unknown.