MassDOT joins effort to ID Deer Island toddler

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BOSTON (WPRI) — Just days after authorities upped efforts to identify a little girl whose remains were found on a Boston Harbor beach, another state agency is getting involved in the effort.

A total of 84 MassDOT-permitted billboards in 50 locations across Massachusetts will feature a computer-generated picture of the girl. The billboards will also feature the dedicated tip lines that may be reached by phone or text message.

A woman walking her dog on Deer Island found the little girl’s remains in a trash bag on June 25.

The girl is thought to be around 4 years old. She has long, brown hair, chubby cheeks and brown eyes.

Police said the girl was also wearing tiny earrings and white leggings with black polka dots. A zebra-print blanket was also found inside the bag with her remains.

Anyone with information on the girl’s identity may text the word GIRL followed by their tip to the number 67283. Authorities said the text-a-tip line is completely anonymous and does not provide any information about the tipster. A phone line is also available at 617-396-5655. All tips will go directly to the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit, which is investigating the little girl’s death.

State police said investigators have received and acted upon hundreds of leads over the last several weeks. They’ve also coordinated dozens of well-being checks on children locally, nationally and internationally. However, none of these measures have led to the child’s identification.

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