Last week the FBI released details of a child found by fishermen on a West Galveston, Texas, sandbar. Police are treating the case as a homicide and are attempting to identify her. There was early speculation it could be Madeleine McCann however authorities have ruled out that possibility.
HOUSTON — Police in Texas say the body of a young girl washed ashore in a storage box in Galveston Bay last week could have come from as far away as Europe, but officially ruled out it being British toddler Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in Portugal six months ago.
FBI ASSISTING GALVESTON COUNTY SHERIFF IN “BABY GRACE” INVESTIGATION
On 10/29/2007, a Galveston, Texas, fisherman reported finding a container which he believed contained human remains. Galveston County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded, and discovered that the Sterilite brand container contained the remains of a 3 to 5 year old female child.
The container was found on an uninhabited island in a remote area of West Bay, several miles west-southwest of the Galveston causeway. It is accessible only by boat.
The child, named “Baby Grace” by Sheriff’s Office personnel, was 32 to 34 inches tall, weighed 25 to 30 pounds, and was small framed. She had blonde hair that reached to the middle of her back. She was wearing a pink top and pink “broom”style skirt, both items of the Cherokee brand sold at Target stores. Her tennis shoes were white with purple accents and lights in the heel, in children’s size 8 ½.
The Galveston County Medical Examiner has discovered multiple skull fractures in its preliminary examination.
Missing persons cases are being searched in order to locate potential matches, but no potential matches have been made. The Galveston County Medical Examiner stated, “Someone is missing this child. A grandparent, a playmate, an aunt or an uncle who are not aware of this child’s tragic end.”
The FBI will be assisting in the investigation by handling all leads that are outside of Galveston County. A case has been opened which will facilitate the thorough investigation of leads in other areas of Texas and throughout the United States.
Update 11-28-07 CBS News The Early Show
According to court documents, the mother of 2-year-old Riley Ann Sawyers told police she and her husband beat the girl with two leather belts and held her head underwater in a bathtub in July. Riley’s stepfather then threw her across the room, slamming her head onto a tile floor.
Kimberly Dawn Trenor, who had moved her daughter this year from suburban Cleveland to Texas, said in her statement to police that the couple bought the plastic bin and placed the girl’s body inside it that evening.
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) – If convicted of brutally beating to death and then dumping her 2-year-old daughter in Galveston Bay, Kimberly Dawn Trenor could receive a life sentence without parole.
Jury selection in the capital murder trial of 20-year-old Trenor was set to begin today.
Update 02-02-09 Mother convicted in death of ‘Baby Grace’
Jurors deliberated less than two hours before reaching a verdict.
The conviction brought an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole.