Girl found dead in 2016 in Texas may be from Arizona

Authorities released a composite sketch of the girl in September 2017 prepared by forensic artists at the NMEC who used a CT scan of the girl's skull to reconstruct her face. (NCMEC composite)
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MADISONVILLE, Texas (AP) A girl whose mostly skeletal remains were found in a black suitcase on Sept. 17, 2016 near the 7800 block of Interstate 45 north in Madisonville was likely from Southeast Arizona or Mexico, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children said Wednesday.

Authorities released a composite sketch of the girl in September 2017 prepared by forensic artists at the NMEC who used a CT scan of the girl's skull to reconstruct her face.

A pollen analysis of the remains suggests the girl was from Arizona or Mexico, and genealogy research indicates the girl had Native American lineage.

The girl was between the ages of 2 and 6 with dark hair.

She was wearing a pink dress and a disposable diaper, and also had a feeding tube that investigators say had been surgically implanted at some time before the youngster's death.

She likely had a condition called micrognathia, authorities said Thursday.

Micrognathia is a condition in which the jaw is undersized that may interfere with feeding and breathing.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call (936) 348-2755.