Authorities in suburban St. Louis who have exhumed the remains of a young girl found dead nearly five decades ago hope to determine her identity and who killed her.

Investigators in St. Charles County removed the girl's remains Thursday form an unmarked plot in Oak Grove Cemetery and took them to the medical examiner's office for analysis and recovery of DNA samples.

The girl was believed to be 2 to 3 years old when found dead by fishermen in 1968 in a weighted-down suitcase near West Alton, not far from the Mississippi River.

St. Charles County sheriff's Detective Stephanie Fisk says she began thinking about the case 13 years ago when she spotted the file in the records room. She got permission to reopen it after becoming an investigator.

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