Forensic Work Could Lead to Girl's ID, Killer

Posted: Jun 18, 2013 10:58 AM by Associated Press

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ST. LOUIS - Forensic work on remains found in a St. Louis cemetery is aimed at identifying a little girl murdered two decades ago.

Volunteer crews using burial records found the child's remains Monday in the overgrown Washington Park Cemetery, near Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Finding her grave was difficult because she was not where the records showed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the child's decapitated body was first found in St. Louis in 1983, but police presumed she wasn't from the area because no one reported her missing.

Scientists at the St. Louis morgue will try to extract fresh DNA and consider if specialized testing might shed light on her identity. The testing may determine the area where she grew up, which could lead to an identification and possibly her killer.

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