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
St. Louis (CNN) — 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.