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Cold Case:
Baby Doe

Homicide

If you have a tip, call the SDPD Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293. For anonymous tips, call Crimestoppers at 888-580-8477 or submit your tip online.

Facial reconstruction of Baby Doe

CASE DATE:
May 4, 2004

LOCATION:

Hiking trail in Rancho Bernardo

SYNOPSIS:

On May 4, 2004 two hikers found skeletal remains on a hiking trail in Rancho Bernardo. Forensic testing indicates the remains are that of a 2 to 4-year-old boy probably born sometime between 1999 and 2001. Baby Doe’s features are consistent with being mostly Caucasian and is believed to have had light to medium brown hair.

Additionally, isotopic testing indicates it is likely that Baby Doe was born on the mainland United States. During a portion of her pregnancy, Baby Doe’s mother likely resided in the Southeastern region of the United States where Baby Doe may have spent his first year of life before migrating westward toward California.

The clothes pictured below were found with Baby Doe.

PDF icon Baby Doe Bulletin

CASE PHOTOS:

  • Facial composite of Baby DoeFacial composite of Baby Doe
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  • Bag containing Baby Doe's clothesBag containing Baby Doe's clothes
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  • Baby Doe's shirtBaby Doe's shirt
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  • Baby Doe's sweaterBaby Doe's sweater
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  • Baby Doe's sweaterBaby Doe's sweater
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  • Baby Doe's sweaterBaby Doe's sweater
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  • Baby Doe's sweaterBaby Doe's sweater
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  • Baby Doe's jacketBaby Doe's jacket
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  • Baby Doe's pantsBaby Doe's pants
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