Even sadder, none of them might be her. She might be a child whose absence was never noticed by family and friends. Her disappearance might have fallen through bureaucratic cracks at some cop shop. Or her disappearance might be a monstrous parent's handiwork. Might she be from Southeast Texas? We are surrounded by wicked possibilities.
It's been suggested that she might be little Madeline McCann, the 4-year-old British girl who disappeared from her parents' hotel in Portugal last May. Galveston investigators are fairly certain it isn't her ... but they have so few clues so far that they won't rule it out either. That's not a sign of incompetence, but a reflection of the fog that surrounds such a grotesque and inhumane act.
Without a big break, it will be a slow, frustrating, arduous process. For now, we can only hope that whoever set this little dead girl adrift on a sea in a plastic storage bin will be found and removed from civil society.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office at 409-766-2222, the agency’s tip line at 866-248-8477 or any Crime Stoppers organization.