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    http://www.oanow.com/news/crime_cour...2821f0b56.html

    Law enforcement officials urged the community to come forth with any information regarding the 2012 discovery of a young girl’s remains on Hurst Street in Opelika, after new composite images of the girl were released Thursday.
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provided updated composite images of a 4-to 7-year-old black girl.
    The skeletal remains of the girl, called Juvenile Jane Doe, were discovered in a small creek in a trailer park in the 1700 block of Hurst Street on Jan. 28, 2012. She had been dead for eight months to two years, placing her death between 2010 and 2012.

    OPD Capt. Shane Healey said her death has been ruled as a homicide, and officials have not identified her cause of death.

    "Earlier this year, Opelika police met with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)," Opelika police said in a press release. "They discussed this case extensively and revisited all evidence. With new developments in technology, it was decided to do a new facial reconstruction and complete new forensic testing."

    The images released Thursday might help the police ascertain the girl’s identity, Healey said.

    “The images are obviously more realistic images of what she looks like, compared to the images we had previously,” he said.

    The girl had medium-length black hair that was styled in small, tight curls. A long-sleeve pink shirt with heart buttons and ruffles on the neckline were recovered near her remains.

    “The realistic clothing is important to us because we believe she would have been seen wearing that prior to her death,” Healey said. “It might lead people to believe they recognize the young lady.”

    The girl might have been abused and malnourished, and might have shown signs of physical abuse on her face and body while she was alive, the release said. In addition, she might have looked sickly or in poor hygiene. Due to malnourishment, her teeth were underdeveloped and might have appeared small and out of place for her face.

    No one has come forward with any information on missing children fitting her description, he said. Healey said he hopes someone will come forth with new information regarding the girl’s identification.

    “We ask anyone who lives in that neighborhood, and from any time between the 2008-2012 timeframe, to think back to the kids who were out playing in the neighborhood,” Healey said. “We want them to remember if she lived in one of the trailers or the housing projects nearby.”

    OPD's release added, "A new advanced DNA analysis/isotope testing is being completed and the results should be completed within a few months. The testing will hopefully provide information about her ancestral traits and regional information pertaining to the area she came from."

    Any bit of information would be useful to the police department, Healey said.

    Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Opelika Police Department Investigative Services Division at (334) 705-5220, the Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665, or the FBI Mobile Field Office (251) 438-3674.

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    They have pictures of this girl!! Who is she??? The photographs were taken during a Vacation Bible School at Greater Peace Church in 2011








    Major development in 2012 Opelika Jane Doe case


    OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) – Opelika Police continue to pursue leads in the “Jane Doe” case first reported in January of 2012.

    New composite photographs of Jane Doe were recently released in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Lee County Coroner’s Office.

    The composites were released in hopes of someone possibly recognizing her and assisting in being able to identify her.

    Through that process several tips were received, one of which was very promising and lead to us obtaining several photographs.

    It is believed the young girl in these photographs is Jane Doe, however, officials are not positive who she is.

    The photographs were taken during a Vacation Bible School at Greater Peace Church in 2011. All attempts to identify her through church and school records have failed.



    Police officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying who this young girl is. She would have been about 4-5 years old in these pictures in 2011.

    The young girl also had a visible deformity of some type with her left eye. She may have been blind in that eye. The deformity may have been natural or caused by an accident or abuse.

    It is believed she had a slightly unkempt appearance and was not very clean. She was quiet and stayed to herself, not interacting with other children very much. She had trouble communicating on the same level as the other children.

    Anyone who recognizes this young girl is asked to contact the Opelika Police Department 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-THE-LOST(843-5678).


    http://www.wtvm.com/story/33280967/m...-jane-doe-case



    Also see: http://www.officialcoldcaseinvestiga...hlight=opelika

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    They should also post her pictures on the FB site of the church. Someone must remember her, and her name......https://www.facebook.com/pages/Great...17409331609137

    I don't know much about vacation bible schools, but could anyone join and the parents didn't even need to sign a paper, or give the name of the child that was joining these bible school? She has crossed eyes, can't imagine no one remembers her, it's only 5 years ago, not decades.

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    "The deformity may have been natural or caused by an accident or abuse"

    One crossed eye, and one blind eye. Natural, accident or abuse, or maybe her mother had a disease, like a kidney disease or a sexually transmitted disease while pregnant, which can also cause blindness to an infant.

    Can't find any news about this girl yet, I can't imagine no one in Opelika knows her name.

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    Test result reveals new clue in Opelika Jane Doe mystery





    A new clue has emerged in the case of Opelika Jane Doe more than five years after the discovery of a young girl’s remains near an Opelika trailer park.

    Officials have been working to provide new information leading to the identification of the girl, and they have released a detail from new test results.

    Lt. Johnathan Clifton of the OPD said an isotope test from the University of South Florida Institute of Forensic Anthropology and Applied Science revealed that the girl, called Opelika Jane Doe, was from the southeastern portion of the United States.

    Results from the test arrived last week. Clifton said she was probably from Alabama or surrounding states.

    Her skeletal remains were discovered in a small creek in a trailer park in the 1700 block of Hurst Street on Jan. 28, 2012. She had been dead for eight months to two years, placing her death between 2010 and 2012. Her death was ruled a homicide.

    “Our main objective is to get her identified,” said Clifton. “It’s one of the most tragic cases I’ve been involved in.”

    Clifton’s been on the case since 2012.

    Sgt. Alfred White, who’s been working the case since 2014, said investigators have analyzed the area where the girl’s remains were found. He said, as of right now, investigators haven’t had a reason to look anywhere else.

    “We’ve done everything we could from releasing photographs and composites. That area has been canvassed several times since the case.”

    Officials from schools, the Department of Human Resources, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other agencies have been working with the police department to identify the young girl.

    The girl had medium-length black hair that was styled in small, tight curls, and her race was identified as black. A long-sleeve pink shirt with heart buttons and ruffles on the neckline were recovered near her remains. She was believed to be between 4 and 7 years old, according to a post from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which released composite images of the girl in August 2016.

    An anthropological assessment from the center revealed she had probably been abused and malnourished in life. An August 2016 Opelika Police Department press release stated the girl might have had poor hygiene or appeared sickly. Her teeth were underdeveloped and might have looked small and out of place on her face, due to malnourishment.

    Officials could not release information about the girl’s cause of death.

    “This girl was at an age where someone could have known who she was,” White said. “We’ve gotten calls from Arizona and other states, but they didn’t pan out to be our missing girl. We’ve gotten tons of calls, but we’d like to have more. Some of the calls didn’t lead to anything.”


    The biggest lead of the case came from photos the OPD received in September, Capt. Bobby Kilgore said.

    Officials received photos of a girl who might’ve been the missing girl. The pictures were taken in 2011 at a Vacation Bible School at Greater Peace Church. She would have been 4-to-5 years old in the photos. She also had a visible deformity with her left eye and may have been blind in that eye. All attempts to identify her through church and school records were unsuccessful.

    “That’s been the biggest lead, but it did not lead to anything,” Kilgore said. “We absolutely owe it to her to get her identified. She had a name, and she had a life. We want to know about it.”

    Mayor Gary Fuller said he also wants answers that will lead to the identity of the girl.

    “It's difficult for me to believe that no one has come forward about this little girl. We don't know where the child was from or how she came to be in the location where she was found,” he said. “To say the least, it has been a gut-wrenching case for the fine officers of the Opelika Police Department. We're certainly not giving up and hopefully one day someone will share information that will help solve this.”



    Anyone with information regarding the identification of the girl, is asked to contact the Opelika Police Department 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-THE-LOST(843-5678).





    http://www.oanow.com/news/test-resul...4bcc1a858.html

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    Authorities hope video leads to identity in Opelika Jane Doe death case

    Video: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/...131710604.html

    Authorities are searching for the identify of this little girl known as Opelika Jane Doe. Anyone with any information on this case is asked to call the Opelika Police Department’s Investigative Services Division at (334) 705-5220. You may also call our Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665. You may remain completely anonymous. Courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children



    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has produced a video in hopes that the public can help identify a missing girl Jane Doe in a 2012 case.

    The center along with the Opelika Police Department released the video Thursday.


    Jane Doe’s skeletal remains were found Jan. 28, 2012, in a small creek at a trailer park on Hurst Street.

    Authorities were led to the photos more than a month after the Opelika Police Department release composite photos of how the girl might have looked. The composite photos were compiled with help from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Lee County Coroner’s Office.

    In September, police released photos of the girl possibly taken during a Vacation Bible School event at Greater Peace Church in 2011. Police seek help from the public to identify the girl who would have been 4-5 years old in 2011.

    The photos show the girl had some type of visible deformity in her left eye and may have been blind in that eye. The deformity may have been natural or it may have been caused by an accident or abuse.




    Authorities believe the girl had a slightly unkempt appearance and was not very clean. She may have stayed to herself and didn’t interact very much with other children.

    It is also believed that the girl had trouble talking or communicating on the same level as other children. After her body was found, authorities said she had been dead eight months to two years. At that time, she was described as black, 4 to 7-years-old with medium-length curls. She was likely abused and malnourished.

    Anyone with information on the identity of the girl in the video and photographs should call the Opelika Police Department 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- THE-LOST (843-5678).



    http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/...131710604.html

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    Who is Jane Doe?



    OPELIKA, Ala. — For five years, a heartbreaking mystery has haunted our area. The remains of a little girl were found near an Opelika trailer park.

    Police still don’t know who she is or who left her there.

    “She had a name, and she had a life. We want to find the person who stole that life away from her and bring them to justice, and we want to get her identified,” says Captain Bobby Kilgore.

    Janauary 28, 2012, a date that Opelika won’t soon forget. On that day in Brookhaven Trailer Park off Hurst Street, a child made a gruesome discovery.

    “There was a skull that had been brought up in somebody’s yard, possibly by a dog or something. Obviously, it had been in the elements for a while because it was nothing but just bone,” says Coroner Bill Harris.

    A search of woods on a nearby creek bank uncovered more human remains.

    “The cause of death was due to homicidal means, but they could not be specific,” says Harris.

    But what makes this case so haunting, so unusual, the remains were those of a little girl between four and seven years of age.

    “The remains were then sent to the FBI. Further testing narrowed it down a little bit. We got some DNA from it, but unfortunately, we did not get a hit from anything in the United States of any child missing,” says Harris.

    “We have exhausted almost everything we can think of. We’re begging the public for their help,” says Kilgore.

    “One of the most frustrating parts of this case is that investigators cannot identify little Jane Doe. So far there have been no reports of a missing child that match her description. We’re about to show you an artist’s rendering of a piece of clothing found near her body, and police hope the details in it might lead someone to recognize her.

    “The shirt that was found near the little girl, it’s got these heart-shaped buttons and this little bit of lace right in here, and that might be something that will jog somebody’s memory,” says Kilgore.

    Also, photographs were released by Opelika police. They were taken at a vacation Bible school and someone thought they might possibly be the little Jane Doe.

    “We did release those images late last year, in 2016, hoping that perhaps that this might be our Jane Doe and hoping that somebody might be able to say, ‘Oh yes. I remember that little girl. This is the name we had her for.’ But unfortunately, nobody has come forward with a name,” says Kilgore.

    Despite the lack of progress in the case, Opelika law enforcement refuses to give up.

    “We’ve checked with the school systems. No child has been a student at the Opelika City Schools the year prior and didn’t check back in the next year that we found the remains, so that was something that we looked at. So we’re still looking at all avenues, and any tips that comes in, we’re going to pursue. it,” says Harris.

    “Every single lead we get will be followed up on as soon as we get it. This is not something we do in our spare time. This is a priority case. Any information we get, we will follow up on. We want to know who this little girl is,” says Kilgore.

    A young life taken and discarded, unclaimed. But a mystery investigators are sure can be solved.

    Recently, an isotope test performed on the little girl’s remains reveals she is from the southeast, perhaps even Alabama.

    If you have any information on the identity of this little girl you are asked to contact Opelika police, the Lee County Coroner or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. http://www.missingkids.com/home



    Video: http://wrbl.com/2017/02/23/who-is-jane-doe/

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    Just wondering if Selah Davis from NY could be this unidentified girl, she was a baby in 2008, born in 2007 which would make her 4 yrs old in 2011 when the above pictures were taken?

    There is something with her eyes that makes me think of the Opelika girl.

    http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NC...4uCnk.facebook





    Hope someone will compare her DNA, if available that is.

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