As the investigation continues into the “Baby Doe” mystery, clues have rendered a few more details surrounding the toddler whose body washed ashore on a Boston beach on June 23.
In one of the Inquisitr’s latest updates on the Baby Doe investigation, it was suggested that analysis of pollen found on her body and clothes could mean she came from somewhere in the local Boston area. Now, it seems that the little girl may have traveled around much of the country before she died — not just the New England area.
Fox News reports that police and prosecutors released a statement that reveal their latest findings.
“Preliminary results suggest that the child may have spent time in any of several New England states, as well as other locations across the U.S. Scientists have not yet compared the biological evidence with drinking water samples in other countries. As a result, investigators are not drawing any specific conclusions on the analysis until it is complete.”
Results of these tests have been released by the Salt Lake City laboratory IsoForensics. Scientists examined hair and tooth enamel for key isotopes derived from food and water that exists in specific regions around the country — and the world. Early findings show that the 3-year-old could have moved around the country during her brief lifetime.
Data gathered must still be verified against isotopes from other locations in the United States. This whole process is aimed to hopefully identify the toddler and catch her killers.
When Baby Doe was discovered, she was on a beach inside a trash bag wearing polka-dot leggings. She had pierced ears and long hair, and there was a zebra-striped blanket in the bag.
Mary Ellen O’Toole told Fox News that the latest results are helping a bit more.
“The reason this is so helpful is investigators can go with greater confidence to other areas in the United States and give out information on this small child.”
Analysis of pollen found the toddler’s body has already shown she spent time in the Massachusetts area. Forensic scientists are narrowing down their findings in the case.
This case is one of those that the nation is watching closely. How someone could dispose of an innocent child so callously? Making matters even more disheartening, having no way of identifying her is disturbing in every sense of the word. Advanced technology in forensic science will hopefully yield more information in the girl’s case.
Will all of the Baby Doe clues finally add up to learning who the toddler is?
[Images: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Massachusetts State Police]