Homicide

Official: Girl found dead on Boston Harbor shore identified, home searched

FILE - This undated flyer released Thursday, July 9, 2015, by the Suffolk County Massachusetts District Attorney includes a computer-generated composite image depicting the possible likeness of a young girl whose body was found on the shore of Deer Island in Boston Harbor on June 25, 2015. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, that authorities have identified the little girl.  (Suffolk County District Attorney via AP, File)

FILE - This undated flyer released Thursday, July 9, 2015, by the Suffolk County Massachusetts District Attorney includes a computer-generated composite image depicting the possible likeness of a young girl whose body was found on the shore of Deer Island in Boston Harbor on June 25, 2015. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, that authorities have identified the little girl. (Suffolk County District Attorney via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A law enforcement official says authorities have identified the girl who was found dead on a Boston Harbor beach this summer and whose case sparked a massive social media campaign to try to find out what happened to her.

The official spoke Friday on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release details of the investigation. He said police searched a Boston home Thursday and have been in contact with family members.

A spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney's office said the investigation remains "very active." A state police spokesman did not immediately return calls.

The girl was named Baby Doe by investigators and was estimated to be 4 years old. Her body was found on Deer Island in Winthrop on June 25 by a woman walking a dog.