"A needle in a haystack," said Roseville Police Chief James Berlin. "That's why we need the public's help. Someone knows somebody who may have been in this predicament."
Berlin says his investigators are searching tirelessly for the parents of the boy, believed to have been born at Christmas and found frozen at ReCommunity Roseville Wednesday.
It is believed the baby was born alive.
"The baby breathed at least a little bit," Berlin said.
It was then wrapped in a black shirt and thrown away. When workers at ReCommunity found the baby, they thought he was a doll.
Part of the problem for investigators is that the recycling center accepts materials from half of the state.
"Northern lower Michigan all the way down to the Ohio border - pretty much the entire mid-state area," Berlin said. "There's 34 separate locations it could have come from.
"We have searched the dumpster that the child came from - every scrap of paper - everything."
And, the chief says, based on the mail found with the child, they are concentrating on northern lower michigan down through Midland, possibly Arenac or Ingham counties.
"Anybody that may have known somebody that had been pregnant - full term pregnancy - full nine months - up to around December 25th and gave birth," Berlin said. "And they don't know the whereabouts of that child, we'd really like them to call us."
Police asking everyone to share this story with people you know in that area. As for the baby, investigators are now making arrangements for a proper burial.
"We're contacting some of our local funeral homes to arrange a funeral for this child," Berlin said. "So at least he can go onto the next world showing that someone cared for him."
Berlin wanted to remind mothers in distress the Safe Haven Law allows you to leave a newborn up to three days old at a hospital, police station, fire station or an on-duty emergency service provider.
"It's impacted everyone - everyone is just kind of totally taken aback," Berlin said. "Twenty-year veterans are just shaken to the core, so is the community. This just doesn't happen here - nor should it ever happen anywhere. That's why we're working so hard to find out who did this."