Investigators hope someone will recognize this young 'Jane Doe'

Skeletal remains of preschool-aged girl found in Georgia woods in 1988

By Joy Purdy - 5:30, 6:30 & 11 p.m. anchor, Francine Frazier - Senior web producer

WAYCROSS, Ga. - Investigators are hoping that the face of an innocent victim might help them solve a 29-year-old cold case.

The skeletal remains of a preschool-aged girl were found in December 1988 off a dirt road in a rural, wooded area of Waycross, Georgia.

The child had been dead for one to two months and was found inside a duffel bag that was placed inside a suitcase and then hidden in an old television cabinet.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation released new facial reconstruction images of the girl on Thursday, the 29th anniversary of the day she was found.

Law enforcement believes the little “Jane Doe” was an African American girl who was between 3-4 years old when she died. She had pierced ears and was found wearing a diaper, Size 4 white thermal pajama bottoms and a white knit pullover shirt with a red pony emblem on the upper left chest. 

She had black hair pulled into a pony tail that was secured on the top of her head by a brown rubber band. She is believed to have been about 2 feet, 9 inches tall and weighed 25 pounds.

A forensic artist at the NCMEC created a new image of what the girl might have looked like from a 3D scan of her skull.

More information is available on her NCMEC poster here.

Anyone with information should call the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at 404-244-2600 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

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