DNA tests find no link between Baby Doe, missing Michigan infant

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Baby Doe, left, was discovered dead in a garbage bag on a Boston beach. Baby Kate, right, disappeared in June 2011 from Michigan. Investigators were looking into whether there is a connection between the two little girls, but DNA tests revealed no link. (Photo: Massachusetts State Police Department and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

Baby Doe, left, was discovered dead in a garbage bag on a Boston beach. Baby Kate, right, disappeared in June 2011 from Michigan. Investigators were looking into whether there is a connection between the two little girls, but DNA tests revealed no link. (Photo: Massachusetts State Police Department and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

LUDINGTON, Mich. — The remains of a 4-year-old girl found in a garbage bag along a Boston beach are not those of a baby from Michigan who disappeared four years ago and whose body has never been found, FOX17 reports.

When computer-generated photos of Boston’s “Baby Doe” were released earlier this month, many remarked on a resemblance between the 4-year-old and Katherine Phillips. Law enforcement in Michigan told FOX17 last week they planned to discuss their ongoing investigation with police in Massachusetts to explore any connection between the two girls.

But preliminary DNA tests show there is no link, Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole told FOX17.

Still, the tragic discovery in Boston reinjected hope into the long-cold case of Baby Kate. She would have been 4 years old now — the same age as the still-unidentified girl whose body was found in a garbage bag on the western shore of Deer Island on June 25.

In the case of Baby Kate, Sean Phillips is serving a minimum of 10 years in prison for her abduction. He awaiting trial after being charged with the little girl’s murder, FOX17 reports.

As for Baby Doe, investigators are fielding tips from the public but have yet to reveal a solid break in the case. Pictures showing what Baby Doe may have looked like in life have been seen and shared more than 45 million times since they were first published.

Readers nationwide are trying to help solve the mystery. Police in Massachusetts said many commenters have suggested perhaps the girl is Aliayah Lunsford, who disappeared in West Virginia. Investigators said they’ve ruled out that possibility but continued to urge the public to send them tips.

Anyone with any information about the deceased toddler or who has information about a missing child is urged to call Massachusetts State Police at 508-820-2121 (24-hour number), the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817, or Winthrop Police at 617-539-5806.