Pollen Tests Reveal That 'Baby Doe' Was Likely from Boston Area
08/14/2015 AT 10:40 AM EDT
Police have been trying to identify the girl, who they believe was about 4 years old at the time of her death, since a dog walker discovered her body almost two months ago.
A computer-generated image showing what the girl may have looked like when she was alive has reportedly been shared more than 50 million times on Facebook. And yet, authorities have had little luck identifying the child whose plight has captured the hearts of so many.
But a small break in the case thanks to pollen could be the key to finally learning the little girl's identity.
"People collect pollen everywhere they go," Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, told ABC News Thursday.
"In this case, where we had a child whose identity we did not know, and whose birthplace we did not know, we collected pollen from evidence at the scene and sent to a government lab."
"We then presented the results of that testing to experts, who offered their opinions that the pollen was specific to the greater Boston area," Wark said.
Authorities said that they have received thousands of tips, but none of them have led to credible leads as of yet.
"From time to time we do come across unidentified remains, sometimes in the water, sometimes in rural or wooded areas. But in most cases they're identified quite rapidly," Wark said.
"In this particular case we have not had that success. And that's why we're trying to reach someone who knew this little girl and encourage them to step forward, identify her and give her the dignity of a burial under her own true name."
The cause and manner of the little girl's death have not yet been determined. There were no signs of trauma to her body and toxicology tests found no toxins or pathogens.
Anyone with information can call the state police at (617) 396-5655
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