Child’s remains wash up in West Bay

  1. How tragic!

    Child’s remains wash up in West Bay

    By Scott E. Williams
    The Daily News

    Published October 31, 2007
    GALVESTON — The little girl’s blonde hair went to the middle of her back. A toddler, she wore a size 2T pink outfit and white tennis shoes with purple accents and little lights built into them.

    That was almost all that was known Tuesday about the child. Still mysteries were her name, how her small skull came to be fractured, and why someone stuffed her body into a plastic container and dumped it into Galveston Bay.

    A man fishing in a remote area of West Bay spotted the container, which had washed up on one of the tiny islands along the Intracoastal Waterway a few miles west-southwest of the Harborwalk subdivision in Hitchcock.

    He called the sheriff’s office and reported finding what appeared to be human remains inside.

    The Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office did not issue a formal cause of death Tuesday. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Pustilnik handled the girl’s autopsy.

    “Dr. Pustilnik was still conducting some tests,” said Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo, senior official and spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

    However, Pustilnik did find that the girl’s skull had been fractured at least once.

    Many findings would not be immediately apparent, Tuttoilmondo said, because the child’s body was in a state of “extensive decomposition.”

    The condition of her remains indicated the girl, likely 2 to 5 years old, had probably been dead at least two weeks. Detectives on Tuesday had found no missing child case that fit that timeframe.

    The girl was 32 to 34 inches tall and weighed about 25 to 30 pounds. Because it was one of dozens of elements under investigation Tuesday, Tuttoilmondo declined to identify the type of container in which the girl’s body was found.

    “Suffice to say, it’s a container that was big enough to contain that child’s body,” he said.

    The girl was wearing a pink, pullover shirt with a drawstring across the chest and sleeves that extended over three-quarters of each arm. She also wore a pink, broom-style skirt and the tennis shoes, which were child’s size 8 1/2. The shirt and skirt were both Cherokee brand.

    Tuttoilmondo asked anyone with information about the child or her death to call the sheriff’s office, at 409-766-2322, the agency’s tips line, at 866-248-8477, or any Crime Stoppers organization.

  2. Officials seek help identifying remains of "Baby Grace"
    2007 The Associated Press
    Nov. 1, 2007, 3:22PM
    GALVESTON, Texas — Authorities are seeking nationwide help identifying the remains of a young girl discovered inside a storage box that washed ashore this week on Galveston Bay.
    "This is not an unidentified body," Sheriff's Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo said Thursday at a news conference where more details were released about the girl. "She is a person. She is missed by someone."
    She was believed to be between 2 to 5 years old, had long blonde hair, was just under 3 feet tall and weighed 25-30 pounds, Tuttoilmondo said. She was dressed in a matching pink pullover top and broom skirt, white tennis shoes and Disney brand panties.
    Investigators have been referring to the girl as Baby Grace.
    "The name Grace means given," Tuttoilmondo said. "She's given us, in her death, emotions we don't get to experience very often. She is a person. She is missed by someone. It's absolutely critical that we hear from them."
    A fisherman called police after finding the container late Monday on an island along the Intracoastal Waterway. A preliminary autopsy found that the girl had at least one skull fracture. She appeared to have been dead for at least two weeks, but the exact time and cause of death have not been determined.
    Authorities are combing through national missing children reports for any cases matching the girl's description. A search of local missing-person reports did not turn up any matches. Tuttoilmondo said anyone with information about the child should contact the sheriff's office.

  3. The sketch has not copied but you can see it if you click on the link!

    The composite sketch depicts an unidentified young girl whose body was found in a container in west Galveston Bay.

    Remains of Girl Found in Box on Island in West Galveston Bay

    Galveston County Sheriff's Department has released two sketches depicting a young girl who was found in a container in west Galveston Bay.

    A forensic artist from Houston Police Department created the sketches of the girl, who has been named Baby Grace by Galveston officials investigating the case.

    A forensic dentist has narrowed Baby Grace’s age range to 2-3 years.

    Galveston authorities have been asking for the public's help in identifying the girl and the media's help in spreading the request nationwide.

    A fisherman on one of the islands along the Intracoastal Waterway called police after finding the blue plastic storage box containing the girl's body washed up on the shore on Monday night.

    The girl is described as having blonde hair reaching to the middle of her back. She was 32-34 inches tall and weighed 25-30 pounds. She was dressed in a matching pink pullover top and broom skirt. She wore size 8 1/2 white tennis shoes, with Velcro closures, purple accents and little lights built into them.

    Authorities say the girl's body could have come from anywhere and they have called in the FBI for help.

    A preliminary autopsy completed Tuesday by the Galveston County Medical Examiner's Office found that the girl had at least one skull fracture.

    Galveston County chief medical examiner Dr. Stephen Pustilnik said the girl appeared to have been dead for at least two weeks and the body was in a state of extensive decomposition. The exact time and cause of death had not been determined.

    Major Ray Tuttoilmondo asked that anyone with information about the child contact the sheriff's office at 409-766-2222 or toll free at 866-248-8477.

  4. Absolutely horrifying.
  5. I hope her family identifies her soon so she can be put to rest.
  6. People on other forums are speculating that she is Madeleine McCann as apparently this is in direct line of currents from Portugal but this has been discounted. The description & time of death does not fit.
  7. Unless she was alive all this time and killed recently?? But the Cherokee brand clothing is a USA brand from Walmart or Target right?
  8. God I never thought of that Selena, you have a point. They said the shoes were Walmart but they were also available at Asda in the UK so maybe the clothes also, I don't know.
    But her hair is waist length, Madeleines would never have grown that much in 6 months.
  9. They said her hair was middle of her back. But I think its not her, all they would have to do is look at her iris?
  10. Yes exactly I don't think it is her.
    Amazing that there is so little media reporting about this poor little girl!

    A rendering of Baby Grace.
    Galveston Co Sheriff's Office​

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    Nov. 3, 2007, 3:22PM
    Baby Grace investigators get hundreds of tips

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    Hundreds of tipsters from around the country have called Galveston authorities with possible leads to identify Baby Grace after sketches were released Friday of the child whose body was stuffed into a storage bin and found floating in Galveston Bay.
    "We're sorting through a lot of leads," said Major Ray Tuttoilmondo with the Galveston County Sheriff's Office. "Nothing has hit a home run yet."
    Tuttoilmondo added that several callers said they believe the child's body, which was discovered by a fisherman late Monday, may be that of Madeleine McCann, a 4-year-old British girl whose disappearance from a resort hotel in Portugal in May has made international headlines. In September, Portuguese police formally identified Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann as suspects in the case.
    "Based on the totality of the circumstances, we do not believe it's her (Madeleine)," Tuttoilmondo said adding that the Sheriff's Office is also working with FBI authorities to completely rule out the possibility.
    A forensic dentist has determined that Baby Grace is between 2 and 3 years old, and the Galveston County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the child had been dead for at least two weeks and suffered from a skull fracture.
    Baby Grace is white, weighed between 25 and 30 pounds, stood about 32 to 35 inches tall with wavy, blond to light-brown hair that fell to about the middle of her back. She was found wearing a pink or red cropped shirt and a matching skirt. The top was a pullover with three-quarter-length sleeves, and the bottom was a broom skirt. On her feet were white sneakers with pink flower decorations that lit up and flashed.
    At 2 p.m. Sunday, Texas EquuSearch will host a prayer vigil for Baby Grace at the Fat Boy's Bait & Tackle, 601 Jones Lake Road, in Galveston.
    Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Galveston County Sheriff's Office at 409-766-2222 or 866-248-8477 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
  12. :yes:

    Maddie is the opposite, she is worldwide news. Sometimes I think it's not fair for the other missing kids, there are so many of them around that just dont get much publicity.
  13. "Baby Grace" is all over the news now, especially with the release of the artists' rendition of what she looked like. All of the forums I belong to have news on her. The police are taking this very personally. I also heard the coroner who was doing the autopsy couldn't complete it himself, he had to turn it over to someone else. That's how bad it effected him.

    Personally, I think they will have her indentified rather quickly now that there is a picture. Someone knows something and the guilt is eating them alive.
  14. It was probably a parent that killed her. They cared enough to put her in a container. So sad. I just cant understand people who harm their children.
  15. I have just read this thread and have found it so upsetting and cannot understand why her mother or father have not reported her missing. ITA with Salena that most probably it is one of her family members that have killed her any cannot comprehend why anyone would want to hurt any child let alone kill one.