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GA - Milwood, Ware Co., 'Christmas Doe' BlkFem 15UFGA Dec'88

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  1. TmmEye

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    15UFGA - Unidentified Female

    Reconstructions by NCMEC; sketch and bust by Marla Lawson; additional sketch and reconstructed images of clothing.

    Date of Discovery: December 21, 1988
    Location of Discovery: Millwood, Ware County, Georgia
    Estimated Date of Death: 1-2 months prior
    State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
    Cause of Death: Undetermined

    Physical Description
    Estimated Age: 3-4 years old
    Race: Black
    Gender: Female
    Height: 2'8" to 3'1
    Weight: 23-27 lbs.
    Hair Color: Black and curly, worn in a ponytail tied with a brown rubber band. Bright-colored bows also found in hair.
    Eye Color: Unknown
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Right ear, at least, was pierced. No earrings found with the remains.

    Identifiers
    Dentals: Not available. She had slight gaps between some of her baby teeth.
    Fingerprints: Not available.
    DNA: Available.

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: White thermal pajama pants with maroon trim, a disposable diaper and and a white, knit pullover shirt with a red pony emblem in the upper left chest area.
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: The child's body was wrapped in a brown baby blanket.

    Circumstances of Discovery
    A logging truck driver who stepped into the woods, near an isolated garbage dump in Ware County, Georgia, to relieve himself discovered the girl's body when he became curious about an old television console laying nearby. The console broke open when he kicked it over - revealing a black metal suitcase hidden inside. The body was placed in a gym bag, then in a cement-filled metal suitcase. The suitcase was wrapped with silver duct tape, encased in a plastic sheet and hidden inside the television console nailed shut with plywood.

    An autopsy was inconclusive because of the decomposition of her body. Investigators also don't know if she might have been alive when sealed inside the suitcase.

    Some speculated the child was Kimberly Janis Boyd, who disappeared from South Carolina alongside her mother and her mother's friend. Boyd was later excluded as a possible identity for the unidentified child.

    A potential link to Albany, New York was discovered later in the investigation process. Authorities worked with a local television station in 2009 to put together a news story for the public, but were unsuccessful with finding any additional leads.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: Ware County Coroner's Office
    Agency Contact Person: N/A
    Agency Phone Number: 912-283-3030
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: Unknown

    Agency Name: Ware County Sheriff’s Office
    Agency Contact Person: Lieutenant Jody Ponsell
    Agency Phone Number: 912-287-2479
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: Unknown

    Agency Name: Georgia Bureau of Investigation
    Agency Contact Person: Special Agent Dale Wiley
    Agency Phone Number: 912-389-4103
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: 351

    NCIC Case Number: U338979918
    NamUs Case Number: 5288
    NCMEC Case Number: 1123251

    Information Source(s)
    NamUs
    11 Alive
    Georgia Bureau of Investigation
    NCMEC
    Florida Times-Union
    CNN iReport

    Admin Notes
    Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 12/24/17
     

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    Unknown girl's face still haunts former detective who never found her name
    April 18 2015
    "It was four days before Christmas. As the story would soon be told in news accounts, he made a stop on a dirt road off Georgia 82 and an old TV console caught his eye.

    He walked over to inspect the find.

    Inside, there was the black steel suitcase sloppily sealed with cement. Curious, the man pried it open. The girl had been wrapped in a blanket, stuffed in a gym bag and placed in the tiny steel tomb.

    The trucker cried like a child.

    Speaking with the Associated Press a few days later, then-Ware County Sheriff Herbert Bond said the state crime lab determined the child had been dead for a month or two. Thought to be about 3, she was 2-foot-9 and weighed maybe 30 pounds.

    She didn’t seem to have been shot or stabbed, Bond said at the time."

    "The investigator saw how well the child was made up, how pretty she looked. He thought about how long it must’ve taken. Somehow, in spite of the decomposition and the lack of dignity in how she was left with the trash, Herrin said he couldn’t help but think someone loved her."
     
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    Whenever I read about the story of Christmas Doe, I cry. This is a sad case to me. The cause of death is unknown, but I think it's a homicide from discipline possibly. Who would put a little girl in a suitcase, then a TV?
     
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