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Case File: 45UFMS

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Unidentified Female

  • Date of Discovery: December 5, 1982
  • Location of Discovery: Escatawpa, Jackson County, Mississippi
  • Estimated Date of Death: 36 and 48 hours prior
  • State of Remains: Recognizable face
  • Cause of Death: Possible drowning
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 12 months to 2 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Height: 2'6"
  • Weight: 20-25 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Strawberry blonde
  • Eye Color: Brown or blue
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
  • Dentals: Not available. 12 baby teeth had grown in at the time of her death.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Available.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Cradle Togs' pink and white dress which buttoned in the back and a disposable diaper. Some reports state that she was wearing a red and white checkered dress or shirt.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History
    The child's body was located in the Dog River beneath the westbound lane of I-10 in Pascagoula. She was apparently thrown off the Interstate 10 bridge. Her body was found when a truck driver reported a body of an adult wearing a blue plaid shirt and blue jeans floating in the river.

    The Jackson County Sheriff's Office believes the body is the mother of the child found floating in the river. Detectives said the theory is based on the fact that a woman, who was obviously distressed and carrying a child, was seen walking on Interstate-10 on the previous Friday night. This is further confirmed by a Moss Point woman who was monitoring CB conversations that night. She said "truckers were 'raising-a-boat-load-of-Hell' between midnight Friday and 1 AM. Saturday because a woman and child were walking on the interstate and refused to let anyone help her."

    Authorities said a woman wearing a blue plaid shirt and blue jeans and carrying a child was seen near the scales at the Alabama line walking west on the interstate. She was reported walking in the westbound lane. A man who saw the woman said a pickup truck stopped but she refused to get into the truck.

    Authorities speculate the woman may have thrown the child into the water and then jumped. The baby still had a breath of life because she had sucked in some of the murky water into her lungs.

    The body of the woman was never recovered nor has she been identified.

    The unidentified toddler is buried in Jackson County Memorial Park. Deputy Moore and his wife stepped forward and made sure the little girl was given a proper funeral and burial in 1982. 200 people attended the young girl's funeral.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Jackson County Sheriff's Department
  • Agency Contact Person: Capt. Curtis Spiers
  • Agency Phone Number: 228-769-3306
  • Agency Name: Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 228-769-3197

  • Agency Case Number: 82-21094; NCMEC: 1103997
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #12191
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • NCMEC
  • Gulf Live News Archive
  • WLOX News Archive (12/8/07)

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    Added: 11/25/05; Last Updated: 1/5/15 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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