The search to identify the body of a toddler that washed up on Deer Island on June 25 has gotten the attention of up to 40 million people, according to Massachusetts State Police Trooper Dustin Fitch. Fitch tweeted a thank you to the public for the attention, along with a plea for the child to still be named.
Police have ruled out two missing children suggested by anonymous tipsters, according to The Boston Globe.
After the remains of a toddler-age girl were found in a plastic bag, State Police worked with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to create a computer-generated composite image of the girl and searched through a list of missing people.
Massachusetts State Police made a Facebook post urging for help in the identification process. The post begins “Help us speak for this child,’’ and details information about the toddler, including the items she was found with—white leggings with black polka dots, and a black and white zebra-stripe blanket.
The post has been shared over 550,000 times. The post was updated on July 3 to explain that the police have explored and ruled out the suggested lead that the toddler was Aliayah Lunsford, a missing West Virginia girl.
Three-year-old Lunsford disappeared from her West Virginia home in 2011, the same year 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds vanished from her bedroom in Maine, according to the Globe. Family members of both children were contacted, and State Police spokesman David Procopio confirmed to the Globe that neither of the two girls matched the profile of the approximately 4-year-old found on Deer Island.
State Police ask anyone with information about this toddler or a missing child to call their number, 508-820-2121, the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817, or Winthrop Police at 617-539-5806.
Photos of Deer Island investigation