First sketches released of girl found dead in suitcase along I-45 north near Madisonville

By Amanda Cochran - Social Media Producer

HOUSTON - The first sketches have been released of a little girl after she was found dead inside a black suitcase along I-45 north in Madisonville, Texas, last September.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children say the girl was found near the 7800 block of I-45 north. 

She was between 2 and 6 years old. She is described as Caucasian or Hispanic, with dark hair. She was found wearing a pink dress and a diaper.

The girl was also found with a feeding tube. Authorities say she likely had a condition called micrognathia, which would have affected her ability to eat on her own. She also would have likely needed professional medical care throughout her life.

While she was found in Texas, a pollen analysis completed on her remains suggests she was from the southwest U.S. or the adjacent region in Mexico. It’s even more likely she was from southeast Arizona, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Forensic artists at the center used a CT scan of the girl’s skull to create the facial reconstruction.

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