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IL MARKHAM BABY JANE DOE: BF, 9mo-2, found in Markham, IL house fire - 3 July 2017 *Ana Marie Townsend*

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Child Found Dead in Markham Fire was Black Girl Younger Than 2


    The body of a baby pulled from the wreckage of a fire at a vacant south suburban home earlier this month remains unidentified, but appears to be that of a black girl younger than 2.

    The fire broke out before 6 a.m. July 3 at a vacant home in the 15400 block of Hamlin in Markham, according to Markham Police Chief Mack Sanders.

    The baby, listed as “baby Jane Doe” because no one has come forward to claim her remains, has yet to be identified, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, which is trying to identify her.

    On Friday, the medical examiner’s office said that autopsy findings and a radiology examination have “determined the deceased is a black female whose age is estimated from around 9 months up to about 2 years old.”

    Cause and manner of death are pending further investigation, the medical examiner’s office said.

    Markham police earlier released a photo showing clothing similar to that worn by the baby at the time she was found.

    “We were hoping someone would have come forward to report her missing,” Sanders said, noting police are following up on leads in an attempt to identify the girl.

    “We hope that the photo may jog someone’s memory,” he added.



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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Medical examiner releases sketch of toddler found dead in Markham house fire

    The Cook County Medical Examiner released a sketch of a toddler found in a burning Markham home.

    Firefighters found the body of the young child, who the medical examiner estimates is between 9 months and 2 years old, in the attic of a burning vacant home in the south suburb in early July.

    The victim, who remains unidentified, is an African American girl with pierced ears and black hair. She was found with a white Geraminals brand onesie with hot pink flowers in size six to nine months; a dark blue size nine month onesie with white polka dots and red stitched trim; black and white leopard print fleece pants with pink paw foot coverings, and a cat face and ears on the seat of the pants; a diaper; a dark blue, white, red, and light blue patterned blanket with frayed edges and doll embroidering; and a light pink fleece blanket with light blue, light pink and hot pink elephants on it.


    Here’s what baby girl found dead in Markham fire might’ve looked like

    Cook County authorities trying to identify a baby found dead in the wreckage of a fire at a vacant south suburban home last month think they know what she looked like.

    On Thursday, the Cook County medical examiner’s office released a sketch of what forensic experts believe the child, believed to be a black girl younger than 2, might have looked like.


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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    The remains of a dead baby girl found in the wreckage of a vacant house fire are still unidentified. No one has stepped forward to claim this child, despite police releasing her description and posting images of the clothes she was wearing. A forensic sketch of what the baby girl looked like has just been released in hopes someone will recognize this little child and help identify this tiny victim for police.

    Fire fighters found the remains of the little girl when fighting a fire in a vacant home in Markham, Illinois. According to NBC local news today, a sketch was made of the baby and posted online in hopes someone will recognize this child.

    The baby girl was found inside a plastic bag in the upstairs floor of the dwelling, which is believed to be the attic of the vacant home. A 911 call beckoned police to the location when a neighbor saw smoke coming from the abandoned dwelling, according to WGNTV News.

    After the remains of the child were found, a more extensive search turned up a gun in the charred home. According to WGNTV News from back in July when the fire occurred, The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force was searching the dwelling for clues in the death of the baby when they discovered the gun.

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I don't think she was reported missing either. I hope I'm wrong and this is a match.
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  7. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    This precious baby hasn't been identified yet?!! :(
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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    The Cook County medical examiner's office is still asking the public for help identifying a baby girl who was found dead in the attic of a vacant home last summer in Markham. A sketch of "Baby Jane Doe" — who was discovered by firefighters battling a blaze in July at the abandoned residence in the 15400 block of Hamlin Avenue — was released by the agency Wednesday.

    The girl's autopsy was inconclusive, and the medical examiner's office could not determine if she died before or during the fire.

    Anyone with information about Baby Jane Doe's identity should call Christopher Kalka, chief of investigations, at 312-666-0500. For more details about the case, go to the unidentified person's page of the medical examiner's website.

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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Markham Baby Found In Burning Home In 2017 Identified; But Who Killed Her?

    Two years ago the body of a baby was found inside a burning house in Markham, but now the baby has finally been identified. And someone intentionally killed her.

    The Cook County Medical Examiner said that baby was 1-year-old Ana Marie Townsend. Her death is ruled a homicide.

    It’s likely she was suffocated and taken to an abandoned home that her killer then set on fire.

    Ana Marie lived only one year, leaving behind grieving grandparents with far too few memories.

    Ana Marie was a very vibrant young lady,” said James Townsend. “She was very smart. Even at 12 months old she was inquisitive and a beautiful baby.”

    It was DNA testing that eventually led to her identity. Baby Ana Marie Townsend lived less than five minutes from where her body was found.

    The autopsy showed she suffered prior abuse, with multiple healed bone fractures.

    Ana Marie’s mother, Melody Townsend, and father, Rico Garrett, both vanished three weeks after the fire. No one has heard from them since.

    Markham police say they are looking for the couple.

    “My concerns about Melody is that she’s OK first of all. I’d like to know if she’s OK,” Townsend said.

    While Townsend fears his daughter may not be alive and grieves the loss of his granddaughter, he and his wife are raising Ana Marie’s 12-year-old sister.

    Markham police say they are aggressively investigating the case, but no charges have been filed or suspects named.

    This leaves the child once known as Baby Jane Doe with an identity but without justice.

    “Answers. I need answers,” said Townsend. “Me and my wife, we need answers to those questions..”

    Investigators found accelerants were used in the home, so in addition to charges related to the death of the baby, there will also be arson charges.


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  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Now they'll look for her parents as fugitives. hopefully that'll help find them! I hope they don't have any other children.
  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Looks like they do have at least one other child, but she's in the custody of her grandparents.

    With grandparents involved in her life, I have to wonder how it took so long for Ana Marie to be identified. They lived less than five minutes away, and then her parents up and leave? And the sister...was she living with her grandparents then or with Ana Marie and her parents? So many questions. I hope they are tracked down soon.
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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    They probably told the grandparents some cockamamie story and the grandparents couldn't believe they could have harmed their granddaughter.

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