Magazine article The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin

Unidentified Homicide Victim

Magazine article The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin

Unidentified Homicide Victim

Article excerpt

The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department seeks information regarding the identity of a child homicide victim. The child's headless body was found by officers on April 28, 2001, in and the severed head was found on May 1, 2001, in the same area. The child never was identified; the Kansas City community named the child Precious Doe.


Crime Scene

On April 28, 2001, along a dirt road in a wooded area at 59th and Kensington in Kansas City, Missouri, officers found the nude, headless body of a young African-American female lying in weeds along the edge of the road. Two searches of the area with cadaver dogs failed to turn up any related evidence. On May 1, 2001, the victim's severed head, wrapped in a trash bag, was found in the same wooded area.

Subsequent forensic examination determined the victim to be a child between 3 and 4 years of age, 42" to 44" in height, and between 35 and 40 pounds. She had a light, crescent-shaped birthmark on her front, upper left shoulder.

Alert to Law Enforcement

The Kansas City Police Department contacted the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) and submitted a report about the child. The information was entered into the nationwide ViCAP database of murdered, missing, or unidentified found persons. Further, ViCAP conducted searches of its own and other databases for similar crimes. Based on photographs of the young child's head, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia, produced the first computer-generated depiction of how the child may have looked in life. …

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