'Baby Doe' Is IDed; Man Questioned

Cops learned her name during search of Boston home
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2015 10:40 AM CDT
'Baby Doe' Is IDed; Man Questioned
This undated flyer includes a computer-generated composite image depicting the possible likeness of "Baby Doe."   (Suffolk County District Attorney via AP, File)

"Baby Doe," the young girl found stuffed in a trash bag on a Boston beach back in June, has been identified. Police say the 4-year-old, named Bella, was the daughter of Rachelle Bond, who lives in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood, reports the Daily Beast; police had earlier linked the girl to the Boston area via pollen samples. Authorities were searching for Bond, 40, and a man, Michael McCarthy, 35, who the Daily Beast says are persons of interest in the girl's death. Officers say someone close to the girl's family contacted police yesterday because Bella hadn't been seen in a while. When the tipster asked about the girl, the pair claimed she had been removed from their care by the Department of Children and Families.

Police say they searched a home in Mattapan yesterday and spoke to family members, per WCVB. WHDH reports one man is in custody, though it's not clear whether it's McCarthy. A rep for the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says the "investigation remains very active." Authorities haven't released any information on how Bella may have died, and an autopsy couldn't determine the cause of death. Earlier, they said she had not likely been dead long when her body was found on Deer Island. The Daily Beast reports Bond portrayed herself as a loving mother on social media. The last public photos shared of the pair appear to be from Christmas 2014. "Love her to death," one caption reads. "My life is complete again and worth living. I give her the world and more if I can." (Click for more on the case.)

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