Although I don’t think I ever wrote about it, many of my readers will no doubt be aware of the case where several missing women, mostly prostitutes, were found murdered on the shore of Long Island. A few Charley Project cases were among them. Well, I found this New York Times article about a little girl’s body that was found on the same stretch of beach on April 4 — but a mile away from the other women’s bodies, so the police don’t think the deaths are related. The child, who was between 18 and 24 months old, was however only about 250 feet away from another woman’s head, hands and forearm.
In spite of where her body was found, the police have not classified the toddler’s death as a homicide, since they can find no evidence of trauma to the body. Her body was wrapped carefully in a blanket and hidden in the brush at the foot of a tree, and they think a caregiver, perhaps a parent or both parents, put it there.
It’s been almost two months and it doesn’t sound like the police are anywhere close to identifying the little girl. It’s unlikely she was ever reported missing. Cracking this case may well depend on a neighbor or distant relative realizing they haven’t seen so-and-so’s child in quite a long time and the explanations for her absence don’t hold water.
This case has Boy in the Box overtones. I hope, unlike in that case, they’re able to identify this girl quickly. I usually don’t post about unidentified bodies but this one touched my heart.