A new clue has surfaced in the case of Baby Doe whose lifeless body was found stuffed in a garbage bag along the shoreline of Deer Island, a peninsula connected to the Boston suburb of Winthrop. A woman walking her dog found the child back in June and despite a nationwide plea for help in identifying this little girl, her identity still remains a mystery today.
Millions, yes, millions of people have seen her image that was computer generated by a forensic artist at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. As of Thursday over 50 million have clicked onto the image or shared it with their online contacts.
The image was posted online by the Massachusetts State Police. Along with Baby Doe’s image, pictures of the child’s leggings and the blanket found with her body are also online, but the mystery continues. The Baby Doe image and her belongings are seen above.
According to ABC News on August 13, tests done with the pollen found on the body of the girl, who was thought to be about 4-years-old at the time she died, indicate she is from the greater Boston area. Police believe that the little girl was more than likely a local. Pollen found on the child’s remains are from trees that are specific to Boston and the surrounding area.
Investigators also said that the child was probably alive the weekend before she was found dead. The body’s stage of decomposition indicates that she had been dead only a few days when her remains were discovered on the beach.
Investigators are also leaning towards someone leaving the body on the beach, rather than the bag being dropped into the water around Boston Harbor and washing ashore, reports CNN News. At this point, police believe that the person or persons caring for this child at the time of her death may have disposed of her body at that location.
Jack Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said, “We think it’s going to take someone who knew her to tell us who she was, and that’s really our priority right now.” It doesn’t look as if the child died a violent death or that she ingested something that was poisonous.
The child does not have any signs of trauma on her body, toxicology tests found no toxins or pathogens and the autopsy was inconclusive for her cause of death. It could be that the child died, but was not killed, then the caregiver disposed of her body.
Wark said,”From time to time we do come across unidentified remains, sometimes in the water, sometimes in rural or wooded areas. But in most cases they’re identified quite rapidly,” Wark said. “In this particular case we have not had that success. And that’s why we’re trying to reach someone who knew this little girl and encourage them to step forward, identify her and give her the dignity of a burial under her own true name.”
Baby Doe weighed about 30-pounds and had brown hair and brown eyes. She stood about 3-feet-6-inches tall. The dead child was thought to be about 4-years-old. Thousands of tips from all over the U.S. and several countries have been investigated by the authorities.
Police believe that the child was not reported missing and it is the folks who were caring for this child that need to come forth with her identity. At this point the authorities believe those caretakers are out there somewhere who hold the key to who this child is and can answer the question of; What happened to Baby Doe?