ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - A St. Charles County detective is trying to solve the murder of an unidentified little girl killed a very long time ago.
Ever since 1968, police in St. Charles County have been haunted by two terrible questions; who was the little girl found murdered in a waterlogged suitcase and who killed her?
It was as much a mystery now as it was then.
And while 47 years later, they still don`t know who she was, they now think they know what she looked like, thanks to a photo-recreation put together by forensic artists using a computer at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
They worked from an autopsy photo to create the picture and have determined she was probably two-and-a-half-years old.
Now, armed with that drawing, the St. Charles County Police Department`s newest detective is trying to solve its oldest cold case.
'You know in your heart of hearts that is not right and something has to be done for her and I am fortunate enough to be in a position where I can be the one that can do something about it,' said Detective Stephanie Fisk.
Fisk, who is a mother herself, first began thinking about the case 13 years ago when she ran across it while working in the records room.
So when Fisk was promoted to detective four weeks ago, she quickly asked for permission to rework the case, and that led to the drawing, the first lead police have had in 47 years.
'This may be someone`s child and they are missing them and we are hoping if they recognize her they will reach out to us,' Fisk said.
The little girl`s body was discovered on February 1, 1968 by two men fishing in a lake near the foot of the Clark Bridge on the Missouri side of the river.
The low water of winter revealed the top of a suitcase with the girl`s partially decomposed body inside. It had been weighted down with barbells, according to a newspaper report from that time.
She was buried in an unmarked grave one week later in the childrens' section of Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Charles, where sometime in the next few weeks; police will exhume her body to recover DNA evidence that might help them figure out who she was.
'It`s been a long time, but I have to believe I will be successful,' Fisk said.
Police say they know how she was killed but they are not making that public.
Anyone with information should call the St. Charles County Police Department at 636-949-7900 ext. 2598.