A deckhand on a barge found a milk crate floating in the Schuylkill River near Philadelphia. Never did he expect the crate to hold the headless body of a young girl.
The Girl In The Box (UP16611)
Age: 4-6 - Found: 5/3/1962
Est. Date of Death: 5 Day- 2 Months prior to discovery
Ethnicity: African American - Sex: Female
Height: 3'4" - Weight: 45lbs (Estimated)
Hair Color: Unknown - Eye Color: Unknown
Location Found: Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County)
State of Remains: Badly Decomposed (Decapitated) - Nature of Death: Homicide
Injuries: Jane Doe was decapitated. Her right ring finger had been amputated and covered with gauze and adhesive tape. She had signs of trauma to both arms, possibly from abuse prior to death. The bottom of her feet and back showed severe post mortem burns.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Unknown
Clothing/Items Found: White apron covering her body, a piece of clear blue plastic, and a newspaper from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin dated March 11th, 1962.
Missing Persons Ruled Out: Adele Marie Wells
DNA: Not Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
Dental Records: Not Available
NamUs Case Number: UP17492
If you have any information regarding the identity of this child, please contact Jamie Willer at the Philadelphia’s Medical Examiner’s Office at 215-685-7445 and reference UP16611.