BOSTON – The latest on the identification of girl who was found dead on a Boston Harbor beach this summer. (All times local.)
Massachusetts officials have identified the little girl whose body was found in a trash bag earlier this summer as Bella Bond.
The body found on June 25 in Boston had been known as "Baby Doe" during an intense campaign to learn her identity.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Friday that investigators have identified the girl, who was believed to be about 3 or 4 years old. Her body was found by a woman walking her dog on a Boston Harbor beach.
Gov. Charlie Baker says the state's child protection agency was involved with the girl's family for several months in 2013, but the case was closed.
The discovery of the body sparked a massive social media campaign. Within two weeks, a composite image of the chubby-cheeked, brown-eyed girl had reached an estimated 47 million people on Facebook.
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.
— AP Legal Affairs Writer Denise Lavoie contributed to this story.