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VIDEO: OPP release 3-D 'facial approximation' in child death investigation

Province offering $50K reward to help identify remains found in the Grand River in Dunnville on May 17, 2022

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) hope that a just released three-dimensional facial approximation rendering and video generates leads to help identify a child whose remains were discovered in the Grand River in Dunnville almost two years ago.

The unidentified remains ere found on May 17, 2022, by two individuals who were fishing on a boat.

The facial approximation, completed by the OPP Forensic Artist/Reconstruction Analyst, is that of a female child between the ages of 10-and-a-half months and three years at the time of her death.

The Investigative Genetic Genealogy results determined the child has mixed heritage that is half Chinese and North African.

A $50,000 reward, provided by the Government of Ontario, is also now available for information leading to the identity of the child.

"We need the community's help in this disturbing and tragic case involving a young child," said detective Inspector Shawn Glassford, OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, in a press release. 

"We hope that the 3-D facial approximation will spark someone's memory and that they come forward. Together, we can give this child her name back."

The Grand River Baby: Unsolved, goes behind the scenes of the investigation with additional details of the case and 3D facial approximation of the child.

It also features the investigative team, including the forensic pathologist and anthropologist. The video can be viewed on OPP News.

Anyone who knows this child, has information that may help identify her or knows of a family who may have left town suddenly or moved away under circumstances that could now be considered suspicious, is encouraged to contact police.

Call the dedicated tip line at 1-844-677-9403 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online.

The video, with additional information about this case, is available on OPP news.