It has been almost two weeks since a little girl washed ashore inside a garbage bag and police still do not know who she is. It is not from the lack of response from the public that the girl’s identity remains a mystery, as over 43 million people have viewed the computer generated image posted online, according to WCVB News on July 6.
Boston.com on July 6 reports the Massachusetts State Police have ruled out two high-profile cases of missing girls when the tips came rolling in. One of the children that the police received many tips on was 3-year-old Aliayah Lunsford, who disappeared from her West Virginia home in 2011. That same year Maine had a high-profile case of a missing little girl in the headlines and she is the other child that numerous people have suggested as the identity of the unidentified Baby Doe.
That child was 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, who vanished without a trace from her bedroom in Maine. Family members of both children were contacted, State Police spokesman David Procopio confirmed. He also said that neither of the two girls matched the profile of the approximately 4-year-old found on Deer Island.
The Boston Globe reports that police are now asking “landlords, building owners, pediatricians, and the public to inspect their surroundings and notice if children have not been seen for a while.”
Police report that while the child’s identity remains a mystery, that image of the child has helped gather tips on the girl. The Massachusetts State Police website has that image posted and are asking for the public’s help.
Boston.com reports pictures of the dead child found along the Deer Island shoreline in the Boston Harbor were sent to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children where they worked to reconstruct an image of what this child may have looked like when she was alive. While they are usually very good and right on target, the child could look similar to the image as it may not be an exact match. They believe the child was Caucasian or of Hispanic decent.
People commenting on WCVB.com are having a hard time believing that over 40 million people have seen this computer generated image and not one person knows who she is. So far it looks this way, but police did say they have some responses to their plea for help from the public on identifying Baby Doe. While not mentioning what those leads are he said they have some credible leads they are checking into today.
Back on June 25, a dog walker found a garbage bag containing the child. The bag had washed ashore on a peninsula known as Deer Island in the Boston Harbor, which is across the harbor from Logan Airport. There are no signs of trauma on the child who looks to be about 4-years-old. She had brown eyes, brown hair and weighed about 30-pounds.
Inside the bag a zebra-striped child-size blanket was found with the body and a picture of that blanket was posted on the Massachusetts State Police site online along with a pair of leggings she was wearing that are black and white polka dots. Police are being so thorough that they even reported where those two items are sold. The leggings come from Target and the blanket is an item that Walmart sells.
Procopio told the Boston Globe “We do believe that someone knows who this girl is. We’re still hopeful we can identify her, but we still need the public’s help.”Anyone with information is being asked to please contact the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police, or Winthrop police.