"We really need the public's engagement to tell us who they believe the child to be," an expert tells PEOPLE
It has been two weeks since the body of an unidentified girl was discovered inside a trash bag along a shoreline near Boston.
In their efforts to find out who she is and what happened to her, the Massachusetts State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office released a computer-generated image of the toddler known only as Baby Doe. Her picture has reportedly been shared more than 45 million times on Facebook pages.
“It’s clear that this has touched a lot of people,” says Renee Algarin, deputy press secretary for the District Attorney’s office. “We’ve received numerous tips and we’re hopeful the attention will help us in identifying this young girl.”
Images of the girl’s remains were sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, where artists were able to create a rendering of Baby Doe, whose image was updated Wednesday to include pierced ears.
Investigators believe she is about 4 years old with brown eyes and brown hair. She stood about 3-and-a-half feet tall and weighed about 30 lbs. They still do not know her ethnicity. She was found with a zebra-print blanket and polka-dot leggings, according to officials.
Meanwhile, Bob Lowery from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says he believes social media will help them eventually identify the girl.
“We really need the public’s engagement to tell us who they believe the child to be,” he tells PEOPLE. “It’s very possible this child could be from a different region or a different part of the United States, or even Canada or internationally. This child could be from anywhere.”
Anyone with information should call the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817 or Winthrop Police at 617-539-5806.
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