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Small child's life remains a mystery

Tuesday, December 11, 2001

In April, Kansas City police discovered the headless body of a young girl believed to be 3-4 years old. Three days later a volunteer found her head, wrapped in a trash bag wedged between debris. Seven months later police still remain without a clue in the death or the identity of the little body who came to be referred to has Precious Doe. How could this happen?

The murder and grisly details are mystifying. But what is astonishing to me is that no one has come forward with an identification. How can a 3-year-old girl simply disappear and no one - a neighbor or relative - comes to police with a clue?

Police have eliminated hundreds and hundreds of leads in the case which has attracted national attention. Only this weekend was Precious Doe finally buried. Donations from throughout the community were used for the funeral which was attended by hundreds. The burial may end one piece of the puzzle but the true mystery remains.

Some where is a mother and father, a neighbor, a relative, a friend. They may believe that Precious Doe has left the area never to return. Perhaps that's why they have not voiced a concern. The mystery deepens with each passing day that police develop no information.

Police vow to remain active in the case which has been called the most baffling in recent memory. But without one single clue, it is unlikely that a breakthrough will come tomorrow.

In this most joyous of holiday seasons, the tragedy of Precious Doe strikes a strong chord. We often take for granted the countless blessings that surround us. We prepare for the season with gift-buying and family preparations.

Precious Doe may never have celebrated even one single Christmas. Her story can only be imagined because we lack the most basic clues to her brief and tragic life.

We should all pause this holiday season and remember those less fortunate. We should pause and give thanks for our blessings. Sometimes we can never fully appreciate the richness of our lives until we witness the plight of others.

Precious Doe is a perfect starting point for that comparison.

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