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Cold case: YCSO continues to seek identity of child’s skeletal remains, aka the ‘Little Miss Nobody Case’
Modern forensic technology able to generate facial reconstruction image

Facial reconstruction from forensic examination of child’s remains. (Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office/Courtesy)

Facial reconstruction from forensic examination of child’s remains. (Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office/Courtesy)

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in determining the identify of a little girl whose skeletal remains were found on July 31, 1960, in a sand wash off Alamo Road (about 1.5 miles from Highway 93) outside of Congress, Arizona. Published efforts over the years seeking help to identify the remains have been unsuccessful. This latest effort involves sharing a facial reconstruction image.

Because of this individual’s young age, ancestry/race is classified as undetermined. The decedent would be best described as a child with an age range of 2 to 7 years, with the highest likelihood being 3 to 6 years, an estimated weight of 55 pounds and standing 3-foot-6. These estimates are based upon the skeletal and dental findings from the examination.

Following the recovery of her remains, the Prescott community raised money for a proper burial (including casket purchase) and funeral service at Mountain View Cemetery in Prescott, Arizona. This unidentified child became known to the community as “Little Miss Nobody” at the time.

During ongoing case research in recent years, it was determined necessary to exhume the remains to allow further testing in light of new forensic technologies. YCSO Cold Case Investigators contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which paid for the exhumation of “Little Miss Nobody.” Then, in conjunction with the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, a facial reconstruction was developed and a DNA profile generated.

If anyone has information regarding this case, please contact Cold Case Investigator John Shannon at 928-777-7293 or leave a tip anonymously by calling Yavapai Silent Witness 800-932-3232.

Any detail, no matter how small, is important in the quest to determine this child’s identity.

Information provided by The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office


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