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The Opelika Jane Doe

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2011 Enhanced Photos of Toddler Taken at Church Authorities Believe is Opelika Jane DoeWRBL

According to police reports, on January 28, 2012, a young boy walking through the Brookehaven Trailer Park in Opelika, Alabama found a skull.

When authorities arrived, they searched the area but found nothing.

Investigators determined the skull belonged to a little girl.

On January 30, 2012, they returned to the area and conducted a more thorough, larger search.

Authorities then found skeletal remains and a lower jawbone in a creek about 20-50 yards from where her skull had been located. Investigators also found hair which, belonged to the victim, and a pink long-sleeved shirt with pink, heart buttons and ruffles.

The FBI reports they believe she was 4 to 8-years old when she died.

The little girl had several broken bones and fractures. She had other injuries that appeared to have never been medically treated, she was severely malnourished, her teeth were underdeveloped so she may have had an underbite or overbite and she had a noticeable defect to her left eye.

This poor young girl had suffered repeated physical abuse authorities discovered.

“This is the most heinous case in my 20 years, where a child was abused and neglected and then dumped. It’s very emotional for all of us detectives,” Opelika Police Captain Jonathan Clifton told WRBL.

Authorities believe she was deceased between eight months and two years when she was found.

Her DNA was submitted to local hospitals, the Departments of Social and Human Services,

schools, and more, but authorities never found a match.

She remains unidentified and authorities have named her the Opelika Jane Doe.

The residents of the Brookehaven Trailer Park had reported a foul odor there in the fall of 2011.

Authorities believe Opelika Jane Doe may have been placed there then.

In 2015, authorities received a tip from a Bible School teacher who thought she recognized the young girl.

The teacher thinks she attended a Vacation Bible School at Greater Peace Church in Opelika in the summer of 2011. The teacher said the student had poor hygiene, seemed unkempt, had a hard time communicating with the other children, and stayed to herself.

The teacher was able to provide a photograph from the 2011 Bible School class, which looks very similar to the recreation of the Opelika Jane Doe. The young Bible School girl also had a defect to her left eye.

Authorities have been unable to locate any school records on the young girl in the Bible School photograph and she remains unidentified as well. Local Bible Schools would often send buses to the communities to pick up and drop off children. This could be why there are no records for the girl in the photographs.

Authorities released enhanced versions of the photos in 2020 in hopes that someone recognizes the young girl.

The University of South Florida Institute of Forensic Anthropology and Applied Science conducted testing on the young girl’s remains. They discovered she was probably from Alabama or states near Alabama. reported the FBI.

The Opelika Police Department is offering a $20,000 reward for any information leading to her identity and arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.

If you have any information about the Opelika Jane Doe and/or the girl in the photograph, please contact the Opelika Police Department Investigations Division at (334) 705-5220.

Reconstruction of Opelika Jane Doe. Do You Recognize Her?WSFA

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