OPP Releases 3D Image of Unidentified Child Found Dead in Grand River, Offers $50,000 Reward

Ontario Provincial Police release 3D facial approximation and video to identify a young girl whose remains were found in the Grand River in May 2022. A $50,000 reward is offered for information leading to her identification.

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OPP Releases 3D Image of Unidentified Child Found Dead in Grand River, Offers $50,000 Reward

OPP Releases 3D Image of Unidentified Child Found Dead in Grand River, Offers $50,000 Reward

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has released a 3D facial approximation and new video in an effort to identify a young girl whose remains were discovered in the Grand River in Dunnville, Ontario, on May 17, 2022. The child, believed to be between 10.5 months and 3 years old at the time of her death, was found by two individuals fishing on a boat.

Why this matters: The case highlights the importance of community involvement in solving crimes, especially those involving vulnerable populations like children. The successful identification of the child could also lead to a greater understanding of the circumstances surrounding her death and potentially prevent similar tragedies in the future.

Investigative Genetic Genealogy (IGG) results have determined that the child has mixed heritage, with half Chinese or neighboring countries along the southern Chinese border and half North African ancestry. The OPP Forensic Artist/Reconstruction Analyst created the 3D facial approximation, which they hope will spark someone's memory and lead to new information about the child's identity.

Detective Inspector Shawn Glassford of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch emphasized the need for community assistance, stating, "We need the community's help in this disturbing and tragic case involving a young child. We hope that the 3-D facial approximation will spark someone's memory and that they come forward. Together, we can give this child her name back."

The Government of Ontario is providing a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the identity of the child. Anyone with information about the child's identity or who may have knowledge of a family that suddenly left town or moved away under suspicious circumstances is urged to contact the dedicated tip line at 1-844-677-9403 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online.

The OPP has also released a video titled "The Grand River Baby: Unsolved" on OPP News, which provides additional details about the case and showcases the 3D facial approximation. Hundreds of tips have been received over the years via the dedicated tip line as the investigation continues.

The unidentified child's remains were found in the Grand River in Dunnville, Ontario, approximately 50 minutes south of Hamilton. The OPP is urging the public to come forward with any information that may help identify the child and bring closure to this tragic case. The $50,000 reward remains available for information leading to the child's identity.

Key Takeaways

  • OPP releases 3D facial approximation of unidentified girl found in Grand River, Dunnville, ON.
  • Girl believed to be 10.5 months to 3 years old, with mixed Chinese and North African ancestry.
  • $50,000 reward for info leading to her identity; tip line: 1-844-677-9403 or Crime Stoppers.
  • Hundreds of tips received, but identity still unknown; public urged to come forward.
  • Case highlights importance of community involvement in solving crimes, especially those involving children.