A dead infant was found in hospital linens that had been delivered to Crothall Laundry Tuesday morning, Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman confirmed Tuesday evening.

"We're calling it a death investigation at this time," he said.

Authorities were alerted at 12:29 p.m. and went to 950 Featherstone Road. Pohlman said the body, as well as the laundry, had been retrieved by an undisclosed hospital before his officers received the call.

"That's their practice," he said of the Crothall Laundry. "They call the place it came from."

Local officers then interviewed workers and notified the St. Paul Police Department.

A family member of a worker told the R-E the discovery occurred earlier in the morning. Staff were told not say anything until the hospital, which is the Twin Cities, was alerted.

"There's so much we don't know because we don't have the body," Pohlman said. "It's under investigation and more information will be released as it's received."