Ode to Doe : Little Miss X

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October 31, 1958 the skeleton of a girl was discovered in Coconino County, Arizona. She was found on a remote hillside 10 miles southeast of the Grand Canyon where she was determined to have been deceased since 1957. The girl was estimated to be between young, approximately 11 to 14 years old at the time of her death. Her case file reads Little Miss X.

The girl was a Caucasian American, but may have also had Hispanic or Latino ancestry. She was somewhere in the ballpark of 5 ft to 5 ft 3 inches tall and estimates to have been 105 lbs. It seems the girl had received appropriate dental care during her life, with seven fillings in four teeth. Her hair appeared be be dyed a light brown but was naturally darker brown. Her hair also had a wave, but this is suspected to be faked.

Investigators assume the victim had been stripped naked prior to, or shortly after, being killed. No clothing was physically on the remains, however clothes were found at the scene. A white woolen cardigan short-sleeved sweater, a white size 34C “Alloette” bra, and brown “World Gamons GRAFF California Wear” labeled Capri pants with a plaid pattern of green and red were found nearby. As well, a pair of white panties were found, but oddly appeared to be too large for the victim.

Many of the victims personal items were also found at the crime scene. This includes an 18 inch 10-carat gold necklace, a travel jar of Pond’s cold cream, a white nylon comb, and a small, blue, plastic nail file case with the indentation of the letter “P” and a hand-printed capital “R”. These could likely be her initials or the initials of someone close to her. A small white powder puff was also found with traces of sun-tan colored powder.

Her body was exhumed in 1962 for further examination; however, no records exist as to where Little Miss X was reburied. Though she was originally buried in the Citizens Cemetery and may have been returned there, officials state they “[have] combed over the old burial records of the time and haven’t been able to figure out where she might be”. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has since released a recent facial reconstruction image of Little Miss X.

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So far investigators have not been able to identify the girl for over 50 years. They have however excluded the possibility of the remains belonging to Mary M. Begay, 20, who went missing at the South Rim in August 1957. Also excluded was Connie Smith, a 10-year-old girl who went missing in Connecticut in 1952.

While she appeared to have been well cared for in life, no one has yet been able to identify her in death. Now lost, and nameless, Coconino County sheriff hopes to identify what has become their oldest cold case. Any one with any information is urged to contact the Coconino County Sheriff’s Department at 928-226-5012, or case manager Elizabeth Ross at 928-679-8775.

If you have any information on any missing persons case please call 1-800-THE-LOST.

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