Massachusetts State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office are working with MassDOT to expand outreach to the public through digital billboards seeking assistance identifying the unknown toddler whose body was found on Deer Island last month.
A total of 84 MassDOT-permitted billboards in 50 locations across Massachusetts (including the one pictured here, on I-95 in Canton) will feature dedicated tip lines that may be reached by phone or text message along with a computer-generated composite image created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Tipsters are reminded not to text while driving.
Anyone with information on the girl’s identity may text the word GIRL followed by their tip to the number 67283. The text-a-tip line is completely anonymous and does not provide authorities with 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.
A woman walking her dog along the western shore of Deer Island found the child’s body in a trash bag on the afternoon of June 25. The girl is believed to have been about 4-years-old, had brown eyes and brown hair, weighed about 30 pounds, and stood about 3½ feet tall. She was wearing a distinctive pair of white leggings with black-and-white polka dots and was found with a zebra-print fleece blanket that investigators believe may have been special to her.
In the days and weeks that followed, investigators have acted on hundreds of leads and coordinated dozens of well-being checks on children locally, nationally, and internationally. To date, however, none have led to the child’s identification.
The Hancock Cemetery, which began a complete restoration last year, recently received grant funding to complete the scope of work recommended in its 2012 Master Conservation Plan.
The work to be completed in this next phase of the conservation includes restoration of the historic iron fence along Hancock Street, replacing the chain link fence with a historically appropriate iron picket and granite pier fence, pruning selected trees that currently endanger burial sites, and replacing the asphalt pathways with concrete.
Money for this second phase of the project comes from a $190,000 grant award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a recommendation for $310,000 from Quincy Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds. (The CPA funding recommendation is reviewed by the Mayor for inclusion in the City budget for fiscal year 2016. The City budget is assessed by the City Council in June, after which point the CPA grants and their dollar values can be confirmed.)
The first phase of the cemetery restoration was completed in August 2014. It consisted of treatment and resetting of more than 260 grave markers. For more information on the Hancock Cemetery conservation and restoration project contact Kara Chisholm, Assistant Planner, email@example.com or 617-376-1050, or see the Planning Department’s YouTube channel, Quincy PCD.