In her computer-generated image, she's the picture of innocence: a 4-year-old girl with long brown hair, chubby cheeks, and expressive brown eyes. The image has attracted a staggering 45 million views on Facebook as investigators try to identity the child whose remains were found on a Boston Harbor beach nearly two weeks ago. The mystery of Baby Doe began on June 25, when a woman walking her dog on the western shore of Deer Island called 911 and reported finding a trash bag containing the girl's body. The child was wearing white leggings with black polka dots. Inside the bag with her remains was a zebra-print blanket. Police immediately appealed to the public for help in identifying her. Using photos of her remains, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children created a composite image of what the girl may have looked like when she was alive.
After that image and photos of the leggings and blanket were posted on the Massachusetts State Police Facebook page, investigators were astonished by the number of views and shares the posting received, though authorities still haven't IDed the girl. Adding to the mystery: Investigators haven't been able to figure out how she died yet. There were no obvious signs of trauma to her body, and an autopsy didn't determine the manner or cause of her death. Authorities are said to be awaiting toxicology test results to determine if the girl was poisoned or ingested drugs. During a news conference yesterday, the Suffolk County DA spoke directly to the girl's parents or caretakers: "Please step forward, clear your conscience, and help us identify this young child." In the meantime, people continue to share their thoughts on social media, with one woman from Arizona posting what most people seem to be feeling: "How can someone just throw a child away?" (Read more missing child stories.)