(KMOV) – The body of an unidentified girl found decapitated 30 years ago will be exhumed from the Washington Park Cemetery in Berkeley on Monday.
Crews began exhuming the body of Jane Doe, also referred to as Hope, around 8 a.m.
According to officials, Hope’s body was discovered by two men looking for piping in a vacant building on Clemens in February 1983. Officials said the girl was missing a head and her hands were tied behind her back with red and white nylon rope. She was wearing only a dirty yellow shirt.
She was believed to be between 8 and 11 years old and had also been sexually assaulted and strangled.
Authorities said the girl has never been identified and they have yet to find her killer. She was buried in the Washington Park Cemetery, but authorities have not able to locate her after past attempts to exhume the body.
Officials said the cemetery has since become run down and abandoned and they hope they can find the girl’s body so she can be relocated to the “Garden of Innocents” in Calvary Cemetery on West Florissant Rd. in north St. Louis.
Authorities said researchers at Washington University believe they have pinpointed the location of the girl’s body after looking at old pictures.