A little girl’s body washed ashore along a Boston Harbor peninsula last week and police have still not identified this child who police believe was about 4-years-old. No one has come forward to say they know who she is and it is baffling police why the family of this child has not reported her missing, report law enforcement.
Original reports indicated the police weren’t sure if the garbage bag containing the child was dumped on the beach where she was found or if it had come ashore on the tide. CNN News reported on July 3 that “a body of a 4-year-old girl washed ashore near Boston on June 25.”
New details have emerged in this case and while there are no leads on her identity police have asked for the public’s help with a new computer generated image of what the girl probably looked like before her death. This image was created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Police have also released a picture of the leggings and blanket found in the garbage bag with the girl’s body, reports the Associated Post.
The black and white polka dot leggings are sold at target and the zebra striped fleece blanket is a product from Walmart. Police believe the child is Caucasian or of Hispanic decent. She had no sign of trauma on her body and while an autopsy was done the cause of her death is still not known. More tests still need to be done for a conclusive answer as to how she died.
“Who she is and where she’s from remain a mystery to us,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley. 25 million people have visited the Massachusetts State Police Facebook page to read its post about the unidentified toddler. Ahead of the 4th of July holiday police posted a plea to the public on their Facebook page:
“Please look around July 4th gatherings — block parties, cookouts, town fireworks displays — and consider whether a child whom you would have expected to see there is now not present.”
The little girl’s body was found on June 25 and Conley said, “Since that time, state and local police have been trying to identify her through missing persons reports and appeals to the public. Those efforts have not yet been successful.”
A dog walker found the trash bag with the girl’s body inside and called police. The dead child is believed to have been about 4-years-old, weighed about 30-pounds and measured about 3½ feet tall. She had brown hair and brown eyes, the police report. Police believe that that garbage bag with the child’s remains had not been on the shore very long before it was discovered.
Many of the tips that have come into the police department have suggested that this may be the little girl who went missing in West Virginia in 2011. Police do not believe that this is the case.
Police posted on their Facebook page: “Many commenters have mentioned Aliayah Lunsford, the missing West Virginia girl,” state police said on Facebook. “Please note that we have explored that lead and are confident that our little girl is not Aliayah. Thank you again and continue to send us your tips.”
This case has pulled at the heartstrings of many of the law enforcement members working this case as evident in their postings. Conley said, ” “I think we all know she’s a beautiful child, said Conley. ” She deserves dignity.”
On the Facebook page the police refer to this child as “our little girl.” The fact that this child was discarded in a garbage bag and not one soul has come forward to say they know who she is, it is not only baffling, but extremely sad.
Conley said in a news conference that it is important for law enforcement to find out who she is and if she has other siblings in the home. “We also worry that if her caretakers, her parents, her guardians, have other children in the home it is important for us to find out who they are and to make sure that there are no other children in the home who need our protection.” Doesn’t anyone know who this little girl is?
Boston.com reports that police are asking “Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police, or Winthrop police.”