SAN DIEGO – San Diego police have released a sketch of Baby Doe 14 years after the child’s skeletal remains were found dumped near a hiking trail.
“Baby Doe is between 2 and 4 years old and is believed to be mostly Caucasian race with light to medium brown hair,” Cold Case Detective Lori Adams told CBS 8 Thursday.
Hikers found remains of the child in Rancho Bernardo in 2004.
“They were able to come up with an image of what they believe Baby Doe looked like using a CT scan image of the skull,” Adams said.
At the time of the discovery, police said the cause of death couldn’t be determined. Detectives are investigating the case as an unsolved homicide, reported The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The bones were in a green bag with leather straps, according to the station.
The boy was wearing three, child-sized shirts and a pair of red pants, the station reported.
“We are hoping by showing photos of the clothing, someone will either recognize a family member that wore the clothing or can lead us to someone that maybe we can go talk to and help us identify Baby Doe,” Adams told the station.
We need your help finding out what happened to Baby Doe. Doe's skeletal remains were found on May 4th, 2004. Anyone with information is asked to contact @sdcrimestoppers 888-580-8477. Up to $1000 reward being offered. pic.twitter.com/05T9wqGgF7
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At the scene, police also recovered an adult-sized, green winter jacket with black and red paint stains on it and a rather unique adult-sized sweatshirt that had “Kamikaze Racing Team” imprinted on it, KFMB reported.
Detectives also had the toddler’s teeth and ribs tested by a Geoforensic team at the University of South Florida.
The advanced isotope testing not only showed where the boy lived but where his mother may have lived while she was pregnant.
“We can usually get an idea of where you were and what you’re eating for the past three to five years of your life,” said Kirsten Verostick, a research graduate assistant with the University’s Institute of Forensic Anthropology.
“Baby teeth start forming in utero, while mom is still pregnant with the child, essentially they capture information about where mom was living when she was pregnant,” Verostick said.
Varying oxygen levels in drinking water can help pinpoint where an individual has lived.
“These are things that we’re finding in the bone in very trace amounts and then we’re able to interpret that information and learn more about the individual and how they lived their life,” said Verostick.
The testing revealed Baby Doe’s mother lived in the Southeastern United States while she was carrying the baby, probably in the region stretching from Louisiana to North Carolina, Verostick said.
Then, at some point after his birth, the boy moved to the Southwestern United States, the isotope testing showed.
“Baby Doe spent, most likely, his first year of life in the southeast before migrating west toward California,” said Detective Adams.
Now, SDPD needs your help to finally solve this cold case mystery.
“As we go forward with technology and forensics, every year we get bigger and better tests that hopefully will lead us to an answer in this case,” Adams said.
If you have any information call San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. You could be eligible for reward money.
The below 2004 interview is SDPD cold case Detective Lori Adams and CBS 8 regarding Baby Doe.