NYC Police Finally Identify Child Found Dead 22 Years Ago

By: CBS/AP (Posted by Kion Hudson)
By: CBS/AP (Posted by Kion Hudson)

(CBS/AP)-- There has been a break in a murder case that has stumped New York City police for more than two decades. The victim was a young girl.

Jerry Giorgio worked the Baby Hope case for the New York police. Now retired, he is elated the case may finally be closing. / CBS News
For more than 20 years, Jerry Giorgio worked the most personal case of his five-decade-long career.

It could finally be closing.

"I was elated, to say the least," said Giorgio.

In July 1991, a cooler was found just off New York City's West Side Highway. Inside was the body of a 4-and-a-half year-old girl. She was bound, malnourished and sexually abused.

"There's just a special thing about when it happens to a child," said Giorgio, who never stopped thinking about her. "An innocent child who can't defend herself ... Like a hand came up from this little baby and clutched at our heart and took a piece of us, and she became part of our family. Nobody else claimed her. We referred to her as our baby."

Giorgia's wife picked out the white dress the child was buried in. About 500 people came to her funeral, arranged by the handful of detectives working the case. She couldn't be identified, so she was known as "Baby Hope."

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