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 editor

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.

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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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