Boston Police say the remains found on Deer Island Thursday afternoon are those of a toddler girl.
State Police Lieutenant Colonel Frank Matthews said during a news conference that the girl’s remains were found by a woman around 1 p.m., the Boston Globe reported.
Matthews and Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Mark Lee did not provide any other details and an autopsy will be conducted Friday.
The remains were found in a plastic trash bag and authorities believe they washed up on the shore, according to law enforcement officials close to the investigation.
The woman who found the bag was taken in for questioning, My Fox Boston reported.
Candis Gillette, a neighbor, told the Boston Globe that she was walking her dog when he stumbled upon the woman who found the girl’s remains.
“All of a sudden, police cruisers pulled in and they were talking to a woman,” Gillette said. “She looked visibly upset and I could see she was crying.
“I just hope they find whoever did this," she continued.
Gillette added that teenagers frequently visit the park and drink there. She says she’s even found syringes in the area.
Other neighbors expressed concern over the security at the park.
“In the winter it’s quiet, but during the summer, it’s ridiculous,” Kenny Bliton said. “There’s no patrol. No park rangers.”
Long-time resident Tina Anzouni said the shore is supposed to be closed to visitors at night, but it is unsupervised.
Matthews says investigators are working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to identify the girl. Winthrop Police and the Coast Guard are also participating in the investigation.
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