(KMOV) – Forensic work on remains found a Berkeley cemetery is aimed at identifying a little girl murdered three decades ago.
Volunteer crews using burial records found the child’s remains Monday in the overgrown Washington Park Cemetery, near Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Finding her grave was difficult because she was not where the records showed.
According to officials, the unidentified girl’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. Police presumed she wasn’t from the area because no one reported her missing.
Scientists at the St. Louis morgue will try to extract fresh DNA and consider if specialized testing might shed light on her identity.
The testing may determine the area where she grew up, which could lead to an identification and possibly her killer.