ONLY ON 3: East Alabama searches for answers in “Baby Jane Doe” case

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OPELIKA, Ala. (WRBL) –  The search continues to identify a little girl who’s tiny remains were found in a wooded area in Opelika back in 2012.  Six years later, despite an exhaustive nationwide effort, whoever killed “Baby Jane Doe” remains unpunished.

On a cold morning back on January 28th, 2012, residents in the Brooke Haven Mobile Home Park off of Hurst Street called the police to say they had discovered a human skull.  Yvonne Johnson said she would never forget the day her son came into her home, distraught after finding what appeared to be a tiny skull.  Six years later, Johnson still lives in the same mobile home. However, Baby Jane Doe’s true identity, her death and the person or person’s responsible remain a mystery.

“She was somebody’s loved one, somebody’s daughter. I know someone knows something. It is sad to know somebody won’t step up and say anything about her. It’s just sad. I wouldn’t want my child to be called Jane Doe or John Doe, and I am still sad about it,” Johnson said.

The heartbreaking discovery leads to a composite by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.Investigators determined Baby Jane Doe, is a 3 to a 6-year-old little girl, who was severely abused over a period and murdered.

“Somebody was low down enough to bring and leave her and never look back. But someday it’s gonna catch up, and it’s gonna come out. It may be ten more years from now, but it’s gonna come up and out,” said Johnson.

Police said Baby Jane Doe had a noticeable deformity and was possibly blind in her left eye. She was small, maybe malnourished. In 2016 photos of a little girl from Vacation Bible School at Greater Peace Baptist Church in Opelika surfaced. Police believe the child could be their Baby Jane Doe. However,  so far they have not been able to identify the girl in the picture despite an exhaustive search.

The case may be cold, but it’s still very much on the minds of East Alabama parents who are still angry over the innocent child’s death.

“I would have come forward if I knew who hurt that baby. Y’all come forward. Say who hurt that baby!  Tell it!  That’s an innocent child,  an innocent child and if it were your baby you’d want to know,” said Candace Menifee.

Opelika Investigators are convinced, someone, somewhere knows something about Baby Jane Doe and they are asking you to give them a call.  Next week, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes is holding a news conference about the “Baby Jane Doe” case. News 3 will be there and keep you updated.

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