Police in Massachusetts are seeking the public's help in identifying a baby girl, whose remains were found in a pile of trash at a recycling facility. Officers are also hoping to receive tips about the mother who "may be at risk."

The remains of the newborn baby girl were found amidst an assortment of trash collected by Zero Waste Solutions, a regional recycling facility in Rochester, the Massachusetts State Police said in a statement Monday night.

Employees at the trash recycling facility stumbled upon the infant's remains on April 27. The trash collection came from Martha's Vineyard, according to KATV Channel 7.

"The baby was within an assortment of trash that appears to have originated from Martha's Vineyard and was shipped to that facility for disposal," the police said.

Investigators believe the newborn baby's parents may be residents of Martha's Vineyard or have some other connections to the island. It is also possible the mother or father may have traveled to Martha's Vineyard before the remains wound up at the trash recycling facility.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Robert J. Galibois and the Massachusetts State Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the baby girl and her mother.

Officials also have reason to believe the mother may be at risk, WJAR reported.

"The investigation to date suggests that the health and welfare of the mother may be at risk. Identifying her as soon as possible is of paramount importance and urgency," District Attorney Galibois said.

Details about what caused the baby's death were not revealed.

"Anyone who has any information about the possible identity of this baby girl or her parents is urged to contact Trooper Dustin Shaw of the State Police Detective Unit for the Cape and Islands at at 508-790-5799," the police department added.

Massachusetts witnessed a similar incident last month after an infant's remains were found among some trash and recycling bins outside an apartment building in Revere. It was not immediately clear how long the baby's remains were there before a resident in the area found them, according to NBC Boston. Police said the baby girl was either full-term or close to it.

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