Ode to Doe: Opelika Jane Doe

57ed63e625f2a-imageThe skull, as well as several bones of a young girl were discovered on January 28, 2012 in Opelika, Alabama. The victim’s remains were concealed in the woods near a trailer park. Believed to be of African heritage, examiners concluded that she was between four and seven years old and had black hair with tight curls. Her body also led to the presumption that she was likely “abused and malnourished” while alive and the death is presumed to be murder. Her height, weight and eye color could not be determined due to the state of her remains. The girl was likely killed between 2011 and 2012, meaning she had been killed between 8 months and 2 years before being found. The FBI Victims Identification Project has since been reconstructed the victim and had her DNA sent to be processed to compare to potential matches.

57ed63bcbd9b6-imageAllegedly acting on a tip, police found and release these photos to the public. The photographs are of a child seen at a vacation bible school in 2011. The child seen alive appeared to be neglected and could have suffered abuse, as she had visual damage to one of her eyes. Unfortunately, she has yet to be identified by church or school records. It is believe that these pictures may be of the Opelika Jane Doe found four years earlier and she appears to be about four in the photographs.

Anyone who recognizes the girl in these pictures or who has any iformation regarding the case is asked to call the Opelika Police Department’s Investigative Services Division at 334-705-5220, the Secret Witness Hotline at 334-745-8665, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s call center at 1-800-843-5678.

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