Deer Island Doe Touching the Lives of Many:Speaker of the House Holds Mass for Girl

Thursday, July 30, 2015
By Transcript Staff

 

In the photo to the left: After Saturday night’s vigil someone left this letter for Deer Island Doe. The memorial to the little girl continues to grow. In the photo above the memorial to Bay Doe.

Yesterday during a special Mass in Boston Gov. Charlie Baker said the little girl known as Deer Island Doe “is in a better place” and the search for her identity will continue. Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, who lives in Winthrop, coordinated a Mass at the Paulist Center in Boston in honor of the little girl found on the beach at Deer Island on June 25.

Barbara Bishop, who works for DeLeo said it was a small gathering with many attendees from the State House. Attorney General Maura Healey and MWRA Director Fred Laskey also attended. Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, whose office is handling the case, did not attend.

DeLeo also attended a candlelight vigil held last Saturday night at Deer Island along with more than 100 people who came to pray. Yesterday the candles stayed lit, flickering in the wind over Boston Harbor. The vigil was planned by Debbie Larson of Georgetown.

The unidentified four-year-old girl was found by a woman walking her dog June 25 around 1 p.m. She was partially clothed in an industrial style garbage bag on a stone beach on Deer Island. She was wearing white legging-style pants with black polka dots, size 4T and sold at Target. There was also a zebra stripe fleece blanket made by Cannon and sold by Kmart. The girl has brown eyes, light to medium brown hair, and pierced ears.

Investigators have ruled out the little girl being Sophia Moux, Aliayah Lunsford, Ayla Reynolds, or Caleigh Harrison. DNA testing has been sent to a Texas lab.

The Massachusetts Department of transportation has also become involved by making 84 billboards in 50 different sites around the state with information about a tip line. Anyone with information as to who Baby Doe may be can text a tip with the keyword GIRL to 68283, or call the phone tip line at 617-396-5655.

There is also a Facebook page set up called, “Justice for Baby Doe” where people can share thoughts. There have been over 50 million social media hits regarding this little girl.

“This little girl has touched the hearts of people right here in Winthrop and as far away as Europe,” Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty said. “We want to reach one person: the friend or family member who knows this innocent child’s name and will share it with investigators. That one person can guarantee her the dignity of a burial under her true name, and we urge you to step forward.”

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