BOSTON - Officials announced on Wednesday that they have created two new tip lines in an effort to identify a young girl whose remains were found on a Boston Harbor beach last month.
Police have been trying to identify the child since June 25, when a woman walking her dog on Deer Island found the remains in a trash bag. The girl was believed to be around 4-years-old.
Using photos of the girl's remains, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created a composite image of what the girl may have looked like when she was alive.
When the child was found, she was wearing white leggings with black polka dots. Inside the bag with her remains was a zebra-print blanket. Last week, authorities revealed the child had her ears pierced.
On Wednesday, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard D. McKeon and Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty asked anyone with information on the child's identity is asked to text the word "GIRL," followed by the tip, to 67283.
In addition, tips can anonymously be called into a 24-hour tip line at (617)-396-5655.
"Based on what we believe her age to be, this little girl should be enjoying the innocent childhood pursuits of summer and in a few weeks, perhaps preparing to start school, perhaps the first day of school ever in her life. Instead, she lies unidentified in the medical examiner's office," State Police Col. Richard McKeon said at the news conference, according to CBS Boston.
"Someone knows her. To that person, we know that for whatever reason you have not come forward yet. But surely you know the right thing to do. Examine your conscious, look into your heart and do the right thing for this little girl," he continued.
District Attorney Conley said that while it's impossible to tell exactly when the girl died, it was likely only a few days before she was found.
He added that it's likely a parent or caretaker knows what happened to the child, though no possibilities have been ruled out.
"Who she is and how she died remains a mystery," said Conley. "We know we are one tip away from solving this mystery."