Gardaí carry out door-to-door inquiries on Valentia Island in probe into Baby John murder

Gardaí investigating the murder of a baby who was found on a South Kerry beach in 1984 have begun carrying out door-to-door inquiries on Valentia Island.

It’s part of a cold case review into the death of Baby John.

The new-born infant was found with multiple stab wounds on White Strand, Cahersiveen in April 1984.


The circumstances surrounding the life and death of the baby boy, who was found on White Strand, Cahersiveen on April 14th, 1984 remain a mystery.

Baby John, as he was called, is believed to have been about five days old when he was murdered and had been dead for two days.

In January, gardaí announced a cold case review of the investigation of which today’s door-to-door inquiries form a part.
They also apologised for their handling of the probe in the 1980s  and for wrongly implicating a woman and her family for the child’s death.

Around 20 gardaí are handing out questionnaires to up to 400 houses on Valentia which is the island nearest to White Strand beach.

The canvass is expected to last for the next couple of days and gardaí say there’s no specific line of enquiry in Valentia other than its proximity to White Strand.