After approximately 62 years, on Tuesday, March 15, David Rhodes, the sheriff of Yavapai County, Arizona, United States, announced that the body of who until now was known as ‘Little Miss Nobody’ had been identified., meaning ‘Little Miss Nobody’. A DNA analysis with new technology concluded that it was Sharon Lee Gallegos.
The story of the discovery of the body
On July 31, 1960, a school teacher searching for rocks found a body in the Arizona desert.
The girl, who was given an age between 3 and 6 by police at the time, was wearing a blue blouse, shorts, cut-to-size adult sandals and painted fingernails and toenails. She showed no signs of violence and the autopsy was unable to determine her cause of death.
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The police, who concluded that the girl had died a week or two before the discovery, worked to identify the body. However, due to the deterioration at the time of finding it, it was not possible to identify her race or any specific characteristics of her. From there came the name ‘Little Miss Nobody’.
The investigation lasted years and, as in many other cases of missing children, clues emerged that were not possible to verify at the time.
In more recent years, the investigation became connected to that of Sharon Lee Gallegos, the four-year-old girl who had been kidnapped from her grandparents’ home in Alamagordo, New Mexico.
But since the description of the clothing did not match that of the body found and the size did not appear to be that of a four-year-old girl, the police concluded that it was not Sharon.
The investigation was unsuccessful, until In 2018, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children financed an exhumation of her remains to try, with the help of new forensic technology, to identify the little girl.
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Thus, a DNA profile was developed and Sharon’s relatives offered their data for testing, but the results were inconclusive and did not lead to any discoveries.
Five months ago, the ‘Othram’ DNA forensic laboratory offered to help with further DNA evidence and, Three weeks ago, Rhodes received the call in which the laboratory confirmed that the body found 62 years ago was that of Sharon Lee Gallegos.
How was the case of Sharon Lee Gallegos?
On July 21, 1960, Sharon was kidnapped while playing at her grandmother’s house with two of her cousins.
They, the only witnesses to the kidnapping, told authorities that a dark green car pulled up in front of the house. They claimed that driving the vehicle were a white man and a woman along with two other children.
Boelts, the Yavapai sheriff, said the woman tried to draw the girl’s attention to the car but she ignored it, so she got out of the car, grabbed her and put her in the vehicle.
#Neuron🇺🇸 62 years later, authorities managed to establish the identity of a girl who was found burned in the Arizona desert.
Sharon Lee Gallegos was kidnapped by a couple. The crime is pending solving, but the identification of the victim is key. pic.twitter.com/NbNAjtuFAj
— NeuronaSV (@NeuronaSV) March 16, 2022
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When the kidnapping was reported, the Alamogordo police began an operation with several roadblocks, but they never apprehended any suspects.
When the case became public, people who went to the same church as the Gallegos family remembered a woman who had been asking about Sharon and her mother, and had also gone to some neighbors days before the kidnapping, but not enough details were given. to identify her.
Ten days later, the body of the then ‘Little Miss Nobody’ was found and Sharon’s family never had an answer about what happened to the girl until this year, when the police were finally able to name ‘Little Miss Nobody’: Sharon Lee Gallegos.
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