Utah lab could hold key to ID of' 'Baby Doe'

A break in the effort to identify a toddler whose body was found two months ago on a rocky beach near Boston could come as early as Tuesday, when a Utah forensic laboratory turns its findings over to Massachusetts authorities.

Police hope IsoForensics Laboratory in Salt Lake City can tell them where 3-year-old “Baby Doe,” whose body was found on the shore of Deer Island in Winthrop, lived and traveled during her tragically short life. The lab’s technique of analyzing hair and tooth enamel for telltale isotopes has a proven record in the most stubborn of cold cases.

Thousands of tips have poured in amid a huge campaign to identify the little girl, whose body was found June 25 in a trash bag left along the shoreline of a peninsula near Boston. A computer-generated composite image of the girl, prepared by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, has been seen by an estimated 53 million people. The image has been displayed on 84 billboards across Massachusetts. Analysis of pollen found on the girl has already shown she spent some time in the Boston area, but a broader history of her movements could lead authorities to her identity.

IsoForensics has been analyzing isotopes in a tooth and a hair sample from the girl that can pinpoint her movements, Chesson said. Such data could augment data already collected on the mystery girl, who police believe was “placed” along the shore, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Press Secretary Jake Wark. She was wearing polka-dot leggings, was wrapped in a zebra-striped blanket and had pierced ears and very long hair.


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