The San Diego Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a toddler that was found in a duffel bag in 2004.
Two people walking along the footpath along I-15 in Rancho Bernardo in San Diego County on May 4, 2004, found the a boy’s body along with several items of weathered children’s clothing, according to San Diego police.
“The child was discovered in a wooded area near a hiking trail southeast of Rancho Bernardo Community Park,” the Facebook post said. “The remains were found by two hikers who noticed a green padded winter-type coat lying over a green and white duffle bag. When they removed the coat and looked in the bag, they saw a human skull and bones.”
Police determined that it had been there approximately a year before it was discovered.
The child is believed to have been white and 2 to 4 years old with light to medium-brown hair.
This clothing was discovered with Baby Doe in 2004. (Courtesy of San Diego County Crime Stoppers)
The decedent was found wearing one pair of child sized red warm-up pants with white stripes down the sides of the pant legs, a blue vest with a gray hood with “Football Power” and a yellow football player on the front (“French Toast” brand, size 3T), a green sweatshirt with “Winter Fever” and a cartoon surfer on the front (“Worm_El” brand, size 8), and a long sleeved red sweatshirt with a cartoon girl with ponytails and pink heart sunglasses on the front (size 5). Also found with the body was a long sleeved tan/black/red casual shirt (adult size extra large) with “Kamikaze” printed on the front and “Racing Team” printed on the back. Isotope analysis has revealed that the child was likely born in the United States, possibly in the Southeast, and may have moved westward after birth. Based on the analysis, the child may have spent time in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas or California prior to his death.
The featured reconstruction is an artist’s rendering of what the John Doe may have looked like. Isotopic analysis of his remains suggest that he was born in the mainland United States around 1999 or 2000 and that his mother likely lived in the southeastern region of the country during part of her pregnancy. Baby Doe may have spent the first year or so of his life in that area before moving west, detectives believe.
Anyone who recognizes the boy or the clothing was asked to call 1-800-THE-LOST and submit a tip. Anyone with information should contact the San Diego Police Department, reference case number 04-029569.