On December 21, 1988, a man in Georgia, USA, made a horrific discovery. Among the broken furniture and other trash left in the forest, he found a dead five-year-old girl.
The little girl was lying dead in a suitcase filled with cement in the TV cabinet. The coroner believed the police were dealing with a murder, but the cause of death could not be determined and no one knew who she was. She was simply nicknamed “Baby Jane Doe.”
This case will trouble state investigators for a very long time. But 35 years later, police have identified the little girl and believe they have solved the murder.
On Monday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was able to confirm that the five-year-old girl was Kenyatta “Kiki” Odom, of Albany.
– Baby Jane Doe is no longer nameless, and she is no longer unknown. “The child who was thrown in the trash has been identified, and we are working to bring her to justice,” Jason Seacrest of the GBI said in a statement. Press Conference Monday.
Two accused were arrested
Meanwhile, they arrested Genta’s mother, 56-year-old Evelyn Odom, and Olister Sanders, her boyfriend at the time. The two were arrested on Thursday and remained in custody on Monday.
A grand jury indicted him on charges of murder and child abuse, as well as a number of other matters related to the killing.
“We believe there is evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that will lead to Kenyatta getting justice,” says prosecutor Greg Edwards.
I got a tip after the TV feature
Using advanced DNA technology, police found a possible family tree of the long-unknown child in the Albany area in 2019, the GBIs said. press release.
But the real breakthrough didn’t come until after they received information regarding a news story about the murder in 2022. Police then promised a $5,000 reward for information that could lead to the identification of “Baby Jane Doe.”
In January, a woman called police and provided information that police had been waiting for for nearly 35 years.
– She learned that a child had disappeared, and that the mother said the child had gone to live with his father, but she never believed that story and reportedly told police, according to Seacrest. .
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