VIDEO: Unsolved case of child found dead nearly 2 years ago in Ontario

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Published May 13, 2024 at 11:40 am

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Police hope a new image and information will help identify a child found dead nearly two years ago in Ontario.

The remains of the child were found in the Grand River in Dunnville by two people in a fishing boat on May 17, 2022, the OPP said in a press release today (May 13).

Dunniville is a small community south of Hamilton.

The OPP released a three-dimensional facial approximation and a video, The Grand River Baby: Unsolved, below, in the hopes of identifying a child. The facial approximation was completed by the OPP forensic artist/reconstruction analyst.

The child was a girl between the ages of ten-and-a-half months and three years old at the time of her death. It was unknown how long she had been in the water.

Investigative genetic genealogy results found the girl’s heritage is half Chinese or neighbouring countries along the southern Chinese border, and North African.

Police say there were missing person reports to identify this child.

The Government of Ontario is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identity of the child.

“We need the community’s help in this disturbing and tragic case involving a young child,” said Detective Inspector Shawn Glassford, OPP Criminal Investigation Branch. “We hope that the 3D facial approximation will spark someone’s memory and that they come forward. Together, we can give this child her name back.”

The video goes behind the scenes of the investigation with additional details of the case and a 3D facial approximation of the child. It also features the investigative team, including the forensic pathologist and anthropologist.

Anyone who knows this child, has information that may help identify her or knows of a family who may have left town suddenly or moved away under circumstances that could now be considered suspicious, is encouraged to contact police.

Call the dedicated tip line at 1-844-677-9403 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

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