HOUSTON – Police on Tuesday announced a $20,000 FBI reward for information leading to the identity of “Baby Grace,” a toddler found in a blue plastic storage container that washed up on the Gulf Coast in late October.
“We still are wondering the answer to the question of who is Baby Grace,” Galveston County Sheriff's Office Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo said at a press conference. “To this point we have been working actively on … 355 leads.”
Authorities also took samples of DNA from the child to determine if it is a match to any other missing children in the Texas area and expect the results within two weeks.
The child is described as having long, blonde hair, being 32 to 34 inches tall and weighing 25 to 30 pounds. She was found wearing a pink pullover top and broom skirt, size 8 ½ tennis shoes with Velcro, purple accents and light bulbs.
A forensic dentist estimated her age to be between 2 and 3.
A preliminary autopsy showed she had one skull fracture.
Tuttoilmondo said about 110 of the leads come from those who say the child looks like someone they know.
“I look at some children in my own family,” he said. “They look just like her.”
Bob Smither, who founded the Laura Recovery Center after his daughter was abducted and killed in 1997, put up a Web site for Baby Grace.
“What we hope and pray for is that somebody will see it and come forward,” Smither said.
It’s unusual that no one from the girl’s family has contacted police yet, he said.
“This is a precious little girl and we’re trying as hard as we can to find who’s looking for her,” Smither said.
Galveston County CrimeStoppers has set up a memorial fund to pay for her funeral and an account to offer rewards for anyone who helps investigators lead them to the killer. Donations can be made to Galveston County CrimeStoppers.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Galveston County Sheriff's Office at 409-766-2222, the agency's tip line at 866-248-8477 or any Crime Stoppers organization.