Police say the woman was walking with her dog in the 200 block of Fisher Avenue NE at about 6 p.m. when she noticed a rag hanging from a branch in a wooded vacant lot.
When she walked over to investigate, the woman found a dead baby on the ground, according to Jeff Myers with Hoquiam Police Department.
Police don't yet know how the baby died, but Myers said it appears the child was a newborn and likely wasn't born in a medical facility. Police don't know who the mother is, but they worry she may need medical attention.
Anyone with information about the mother or baby is asked to call the police.