‘Little Miss Nobody’ identified 62 years after her burned body was found in the desert – Crime Online
On Tuesday, Arizona officials publicly identified a girl whose burned body was found in a desert in 1960.
In July 1960, a stone-hunting teacher reportedly found the body of a congressional child at Sand Wash Creek. The child, who wore a button-up blouse, shorts, cut-off flip-flops and nail polish on her hands and toes, was called ‘Little Miss Nobody’ because investigators were unable to confirm her race , age or identity. They also said none of his bones were broken and his body showed no signs of trauma before his death, according to the Arizona Republic.
This week, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office named “Little Miss Nobody” – 4-year-old Sharon Lee Gallegos. The Arizona Republic reported that Gallegos was abducted from her grandmother’s home in Alamogordo, New Mexico, 10 days before her body was found in Arizona. .
The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System said a man and woman were seen dragging Gallegos into a car. She may have been stalked for some time before her abduction and death, according to KNXV.
FBI agents initially concluded that Gallegos was not the child found in the desert, as his footprints did not match those of the unidentified child. However, authorities now say DNA analysis has proven their original claim to be incorrect.
The unidentified child’s body was exhumed in 2018, allowing investigators to create a composite sketch which has been made public. They also made a DNA profile that used forensic technologies that weren’t available decades earlier.
In January, a fundraiser was organized to cover the costs of additional DNA testing. The goal was quickly achieved and her DNA profile was sent to Othram, a private lab – which solved the mystery of “Little Miss Nobody’s” identity, according to KNXV.
Sheriff David Rhodes commented: “I hope we never hear that name [Little Miss Nobody] again.”
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[Featured image: Sharon Lee Gallegos/National Missing and Unidentified Persons System; Composite Sketch of “Little Miss Nobody”]