BOSTON (CBS) – Investigators announced on Wednesday that they have created anonymous ways for the public to provide tips that will help in the search for the identity of a girl who was found dead on Deer Island last month.
District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, State Police Colonel Richard D. McKeon, and Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty said during a Wednesday press conference that new tip lines have been dedicated to finding the girl’s identity.
Anyone with information can text GIRL followed by the tip to 67283.
In addition, tips can be called in anonymously to the 24-hour phone line at (617) 396-5655.
Investigators said they wanted to reassure the public that the tip lines cannot be used to track the phone number they were made with.
“Based on what we believe her age to be, this little girl should be enjoying the innocent childhood pursuits of summer and in a few weeks, perhaps preparing to start school, perhaps the first day of school ever in her life. Instead, she lies unidentified in the medical examiner’s office,” said State Police Col. Richard McKeon said.
“Someone knows her. To that person, we know that for whatever reason you have not come forward yet. But surely you know the right thing to do. Examine your conscious, look into your heart and do the right thing for this little girl.”
The girl’s body was found June 25 on Deer Island by a woman walking her dog.
Conley said it is impossible to tell exactly when the girl died, but added that it was likely only a few days.
It is likely that a parent or caretaker knows what happened to the girl, Conley said, though he added that no possibilities have been ruled out.
Investigators have not yet identified the girl, and are asking the public to help to find out how she came to be on the beach. No cause of death has been determined.
Toxicology tests have been completed. Conley said it could take months for results to be returned, but police have been asked to expedite the process.
“Who she is and how she died remains a mystery,” said Conley.
“We know we are one tip away from solving this mystery.”