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MO headless girl found in 1983 may have lived in LA or other southern states


POSTED: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 12:53pm

UPDATED: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 2:10pm

There was a recent break in the cold case of a decapitated girl in Missouri.

Investigators are hoping to finally identify the child who died in 1983.

Against the cold February wind in 1983 a little girl nobody knew and whom no family came to pray for, was buried in a wooden box in Washington park cemetery.

Detectives named her “Hope.”

They found her headless body in an empty building on Clemmons in North St. Louis.

She was wearing a sweater and a pair of jeans. She had nail polish on.

Detectives say they don't believe she was officially reported missing.

Detective Dan Fox says investigators tried everything they could to find hope's family. They took Hope's DNA before they buried her.

Time and neglect pushed hope's body under the cemetery earth. Officers lost track of where hope was buried.

Washington University researchers used high tech equipment a few months ago to help officers find hope's body. Volunteers helped exhumed her.

Detective fox found a new isotope test that could help his cold case. It looks at the minerals in a person’s bones and gives a geographical region you may be from.

Hope may have lived in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

Fox hopes somebody in those states will see this story.

It's his last hope before he and his investigators bury hope one more time in a new cemetery. 

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LINK Missing since January 5, 1983 from Marion, Union Parish, Louisiana.
Classification: Nonfamily Abduction

Vital Statistics
Date Of Birth: October 19, 1970
Age at Time of Disappearance: 12 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'11; 90 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde / auburn curly hair; blue eyes.
Birthmarks, Scars: She has a pale, strawberry birthmark on the back of her neck near the hairline and a blue pencil mark scar on the top of her nose .LIN

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