Unidentified girl found in 2012 may have been from Northern Florida

Body of girl found Jan. 28, 2012, in wooded area


OPELIKA, Ala. – A little girl whose body was found on Jan. 28, 2012, may have been from Northern Florida, authorities said.

The girl's body was found in a wooded area at a trailer park in Opelika, Alabama, and authorities received a tip in 2016 that the girl may have attended Vacation Bible School in Alabama in 2011.

Even though law enforcement released images created by forensic artists of the girl, no one could recall the girl's name. However, officials said isotope testing results suggests that the girl may have been from Northern or Central Florida, Central or Easter Texas, Southern Oklahoma, the southern tip of Arkansas, Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, or South Carolina.

The level of lead isotopes also suggested to authorities that the girl was between the ages of 1 and 3 and may have lived in a geographic location, or residence, where she was exposed to high lead levels before moving to a location where there was no lead exposure.

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