BOSTON - Authorities said Wednesday that there have been no DNA matches in the quest to identify a young girl whose remains were found on a Boston Harbor beach last month.
The child's DNA has now been sent to a specialized lab in Texas for further testing, reports CBS Boston.
The girl - who is believed to have been about 4-years-old and who has become known as "Baby Doe" - was found on June 25 in a garbage bag on Deer Island.
Authorities don't know how she died, but Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley has said she likely died just a few days before she was found. He has also said that it's likely a parent or caretaker knows what happened to the child, though no possibilities have been ruled out.
Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio told CBS Boston on Wednesday that investigators have compared the girl's DNA to a number of databases and have turned up no matches.
"We have submitted the DNA to an advanced lab in Texas where advanced testing will be done to achieve a more detailed profile that could be compared to national databases to determine if there any matches to adult family members who had to submit DNA samples for any reason," Procopio told the station in an e-mail, adding that the process is expected to take a few months.
Anyone with information on the case can text the word "GIRL," followed by a tip, to 67283. In addition, tips can be called in anonymously to a 24-hour tip line at (617) 396-5655.
The child had long brown hair and brown eyes and is believed to have been white or Hispanic. She weighed about 30 pounds, was about 3-foot-6, and had her ears pierced.
When found, the girl was wearing white leggings with black polka dots. A zebra-print fleece blanket was also found with her remains.