In May 2016 workers made a creepy and mysterious discovery while renovating a backyard at a home in San Francisco- the body of a baby girl perfectly preserved in a glass coffin:
According to KTVU, the girl was found in an ornate coffin with glass paneling. Through the glass, workers could see a perfectly preserved girl with long hair and a long white dress with a cross made of flowers lying on her chest.
KGO reports she had purple flowers woven through her long, blonde hair.
“She was right here,” homeowner Ericka Karner told KGO, pointing to the spot on her patio where construction workers found the girl.
The girl was nicknamed “Miranda Eve” until researchers could find out more.
The find sent shivers down the spines of the workers but gave local historians goosebumps because the coffin dates back to the 1800s and therefore represented a mystery related to SF history.
Now thanks to the efforts of the Southern California Garden Of Innocence Project the little girl's identity has been discovered and her sad story revealed:
After 11 months of research and testing, experts have finally identified the girl as Edith Howard Cook. They identified Peter Cook as Edith’s grand-nephew.
Peter Cook told KTVU in a statement that he was “beaming” when he found out that he was related to the girl.
Funeral records indicate Edith died of “maramus,” which in the 1800s meant severe undernourishment, which can be caused by a number of reasons. Experts speculate that the girl likely became sick from a bacterial infection and stopped eating, leading to undernourishment.
Edith died on Oct. 13, 1876. She was buried in a family plot on Oct. 15, 1876 in Odd Fellows Cemetery. SF Gate reports she was about a month and a half shy of her third birthday when she died.