Can DNA identify “Baby Jane Doe”?

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(WNBW/NBC News) Florida investigators hope new techniques using DNA may help them identify a baby girl found dead 15 years ago.

The girl, dubbed “Baby Jane Doe,” was found dead in a Gainesville pond on August 20, 2003.

To this day, her parents have not been found, and no one has been held accountable for her death.

“What law enforcement is trying to do today is access the private DNA data bases like an or a 23-and-me,” Alachua County Sheriff’s Investigator Kevin Allen says. “That’s what they were able to do with the golden state killer case and that’s what we’re trying to do with our baby Jane Doe case.”

In 2017, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office resurfaced baby Jane from her grave to take a tiny piece of her jaw bone for DNA.

They’re hoping her DNA will fall within someone’s family tree on these websites, so they can sift through and maybe find her parents.

“What we would like to do at this point is reach out to those parents,” Allen said. “We’re not saying what occurred, but if they see this on TV, and wish to come forward, we would love to talk to them.”

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