Police release 3D images of a child found dead in the Ontario River two years ago


Warning: This story contains details about a minor and may be disturbing to some readers.

It's been nearly two years since Ontario Provincial Police were called to investigate the death of a child whose remains were found in the icy waters of the Grand River in Dunnville, Ontario. And now police have released an image that could help identify the child.

On May 17, 2022, two people were fishing on the river southeast of Hamilton when they found the body of a child floating in the cold water.

Since then, police have launched efforts to identify the child, including releasing a “three-dimensional (3D) facial approximation” as well as a new video and a $50,000 reward to help identify the girl.

The video with the title The Grand River Baby: Unsolved, Takes a look behind the scenes of the investigation and shows details of the case as well as a 3D facial representation of the child.

Facial approximation performed by the OPP Forensic Artist/Reconstruction Analyst revealed the young girl was between ten and a half months old and three years old at the time of her death.

Additionally, Investigative Genetic Genealogy results showed the child has mixed ancestry that includes both North African and Chinese ancestry, OPP DNA coordinator Deanna Cote said in the video.

“It's hard to understand how someone could throw away a child like that,” said OPP Detective Inspector Shawn Glassford. “We hope that the 3D approximation of the face will trigger a person's memory and help us identify this little girl. We want to give this child his name back.”

Anyone with information about the child or his family, who may have abruptly moved or moved, is asked to contact police at the dedicated hotline at 1-844-677-9403. Alternatively, individuals can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).