NYPD Launches New Push to Find Killer of "Baby Hope," Found in Cooler 22 Years Ago
The child, who was found in a wooded Washington Heights area, was never identified
In 1991, Baby Hope was found dead inside a cooler in a wooded area of Washington Heights. In 2013, her cold case has been reopened. Roseanne Colletti has more. (Published Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013)
Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 Updated at 11:13 AM EDT
Police are making a renewed push to find the killer of a toddler dubbed "Baby Hope," whose body was found inside a cooler dumped in a wooded area in Manhattan 22 years ago Tuesday.
Authorities are circulating new posters and an NYPD Crime Stoppers van is in Washington Heights, publicizing the $12,000 reward and and asking for anyone with information to call 1-800-577-TIPS.
The child, who was never identified, was believed to be 3 to 5 years old, and was found by construction workers on July 23, 1991, along the Henry Hudson Parkway and Dyckman Street.
She was never reported missing by family, and reports at the time said she had been starved and sexually abused. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System database lists her as weighing 25 pounds and being 3 feet, 2 inches tall.
She was bound and her hair was in a ponytail with a yellow elastic.
Police say the cooler could have been placed there anytime between July 13 and July 22.
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