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Authorities to discuss Michigan baby’s 2011 disappearance

LUDINGTON, Mich. — Authorities investigating the 2011 disappearance of a West Michigan baby plan to release updated information about the case.

Police in Ludington say a press conference is planned for Wednesday about the case of Katherine Phillips. In a statement Tuesday, police said they plan to release “new information related to the use of forensic methods in the investigation.”

Katherine Phillips was 4 1/2 months old when she was last seen in June 2011. She lived with her mother, Ariel Courtland, in Ludington, about 80 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.

The child hasn’t been found despite extensive searches.

The child’s father Sean Phillips was sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison last year for an unlawful imprisonment conviction in the case, which police have said they’re treating as a homicide.

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