Pollen Analysis Reveals ‘Baby Doe' Was Likely a Local

The girl whose body was found washed up on a Boston beach on June 25 was likely a local, investigators learned last week in their first big break in the case, NBC News reported. 

The still-unidentified brown-eyed, brown-haired girl, who investigators call "Baby Doe," was found on Deer Island in the Boston Harbor. She was dressed in white pants with black polka dots, wrapped in a trash bag that contained a soft zebra-print blanket.

Results of an analysis of pollen found on Baby Doe's pants and blanket gave some focus to the case. Despite hundreds of tips in the case, investigators haven't had concrete leads. 

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"The amount and the types of pollen that were on those items suggest that she was from the Boston area," Jake Wark, spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, told NBC News. "That's somewhat reassuring, because that's been a theory from the start."

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