Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying this little girl who was found dead on June 25, as no one has come forward yet to claim the child. This girl, who appears to be about 4 years old, has to have family somewhere who are missing her. The child’s body was found in a trash bag by a dog walker on the western shore of Deer Island in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Deer Island is a peninsula in Boston Harbor, opposite of Logan Airport, according to Yahoo News on July 3. Who is this little girl?
Police have released a new picture of the girl on Thursday. The computer-generated picture, which was done by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, shows what this child may have looked like. They have also released a picture of her leggings and a picture of the blanket that was in the garbage bag with her.
The child was found wearing pajamas, but black and white polka dot leggins and a black and white zebra-stripped blanket were found in the bag with the child’s body. Police are desperate to identify this child who looks to be about 4-years-old.
The Boston Globe suggests, “Somebody has to know who this child is.” An examination by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner was released Friday, but it did not establish a cause of death for this child. Her ethnicity was not revealed by the exam, according to a statement by the medical examiner.
“Neither the cause nor the manner of the girl’s death has yet been determined,” said the statement from Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office. “Pathologists will undertake additional specialized testing before attempting to make those findings.” This little girl has not been linked to any missing person’s reports, according to police.
Police have not determined if the child’s body washed up on shore or if someone came out to Deer Island and dumped the body here. Divers went into the water today near the area of the beach where the child’s body was found looking for clues. The police did not say if they found anything.
Working on another angle, Coast Guard Petty Officer Cindy Oldham told the media that the Coast Guard has provided charts that show “reverse drifts” indicating where the body might have come from if it drifted to the beach via the water. The charts were supplied to the investigators on this case.
Drift charts help determine where police might locate a body if someone fell or jumped into the water, the reverse drift charts show just the opposite. They start from the point where a body is discovered and hope to find where it might have floated in from. Oldham said, “They went backward instead of forward. Looking for where they came from.”
These reverse drift charts calculate where a body might have come from after drifting 24 hours and then after drifting 48 hours. Because police aren’t sure when the body went in the water the results are inconclusive.
Her body was found by the dog walker Thursday at about 1 p.m. and they don’t know how long she had been dead when the body was found. While the search for the girl’s family has been concentrated in the Boston area, it is possible that the girl came from somewhere else.
The girl had brown hair, brown eyes and weighed about 30 pounds. She stood about 3-feet-6-inches according to Massachusetts State Police. The director for media relations for the state police, Dave Procopio, said that the child’s body showed no signs of trauma.
She was found on June 25 and although police have received some tips, no family members of this child have come forward. This is surprising, said Procopio.