KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The body of a little girl found beheaded in a wooded area more than two years ago will be exhumed Tuesday to help investigators determine her identity, police said.
The body of the child, known as Precious Doe, will be kept at the medical examiner's office while a forensic anthropologist from Louisiana State University recreates the girl's skull, Capt. Rich Lockhart said. He said no work was planned for now on the body.
The body was found on April 28, 2001. The child's head, wrapped in a trash bag, was found nearby a few days later.
Police believe the girl was between 3 and 6 years old, weighed 35 to 40 pounds and stood 43 to 45 inches tall. She had a crescent-shaped birthmark on her left shoulder and a chipped front tooth.
Police have used DNA tests in the past to try to find a match to at least 10 missing girls since the child's body was found, but none has matched.
Detectives have followed more than 600 leads but have not been able to identify the girl.
LSU anthropologist tries to identify 'Precious Doe'
Published: Tue Jul 15, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:12 p.m.