Body of ‘Jane Doe West Alton’ to be exhumed Thursday

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI)- St. Charles County police will be working in a cemetery this morning trying to solve a 47-year-old murder case. The body of little girl will be exhumed.

They will open the little girl`s grave to retrieve DNA which detectives hope will reveal who the little girl was and then they hope that information could also lead to her killer. The girl, believed to be two and a half, was found by two fishermen in West Alton near the Clark Bridge on February 1, 1968. Since then she`s been called 'Jane Doe West Alton.' While her identity remains unknown, a composite recreation of the her was created by the national center for missing and exploited children. This is what they think the little girl looked like.

Her body was found in a suitcase anchored by bar bells.

Detective Stephanie Fisk, who is a mother herself, began thinking about the case 13-years ago when she spotted it while working in  the records room. After being promoted to detective, Fisk asked for permission begin investigating the case again.

Fisk says it`s a long time but she has to believe she'll be successful with this case.

The girl is buried in an unmarked grave in the children`s section of Oak Grove Cemetery.

Police know the details of her murder but they are not making that information public.