Eagle-eyed shopper spots exactly the same jacket that was found next to murdered girl's skeleton for sale on eBay - as police contact seller in hope it will lead them to identifying the body

  • A shopper has identified a jacket identical to one found with a dead body 
  • Remains of a child was found dumped beside a highway in South Australia
  • Police hope the new tip-off could lead them to identifying the young girl 

Police hope a new tip-off from a member of the public could lead them one step closer to identifying the dead body of a young child who was found dumped beside a highway in South Australia.

The child's remains, believed to be a girl aged between two and four years old who died up to eight years ago, were discovered by a motorist on the Karoonda Highway, east of Adelaide, on July 14. 

A sharp-eyed shopper alerted police after noticing a jacket for sale on eBay identical to one police had found along with a faded suitcase, other items of clothing and a degraded quilt.

A sharp-eyed shopper alerted police after noticing a woollen jacket for sale on an auction website identical to one police had found along with a faded suitcase, other items of clothing and a degraded quilt

A sharp-eyed shopper alerted police after noticing a woollen jacket for sale on an auction website identical to one police had found along with a faded suitcase, other items of clothing and a degraded quilt

WHAT SA POLICE KNOW ABOUT THE YOUNG GIRL 

  • Aged two and a half to four years at the time of death
  • Likely Caucasian 
  • Had fair hair, 18 centimetre long
  • Was 90-95 centimetre tall
  • Was killed at another location
  • Was killed some time between the start of 2007 and 12-18 months ago 
  • Most likely born in 2005 or 2006

Detectives from Task Force Mallee have contacted the seller, from NSW, who has 'graciously' donated the jacket to police to help with their investigation.

Police, who have yet to identify the girl, spoke this week about steps being taken in the investigation in order to find the name of the girl and identify her killer.

Detective Inspector Greg Hutchins said the jacket would be closely examined in a bid to identify its manufacturer and where it was sold.

'This is another piece in that jigsaw puzzle,' he said. 

'We are continuing to examine all the information in this case and each detail brings us a step closer to finding out who this lost little girl is and who took her life.'

Checks are being made into the welfare of more than 250 children who could be the small girl whose bones were found dumped in bush east of Adelaide along with multiple items of clothing 

Checks are being made into the welfare of more than 250 children who could be the small girl whose bones were found dumped in bush east of Adelaide along with multiple items of clothing 

This weather-beaten suitcase (above) was dumped by the Karoonda highway and lay there for weeks until a passer by stopped and and inspected it, along with children's clothes among which was the skeleton of an unidentified murdered girl

This weather-beaten suitcase (above) was dumped by the Karoonda highway and lay there for weeks until a passer by stopped and and inspected it, along with children's clothes among which was the skeleton of an unidentified murdered girl

Earlier this month, police released photos found inside the suitcase, including a purple Dora the Explorer T-shirt, a boy's blue teddy bear pyjama shorts, a pair of pink track-pants, a woollen coat and a pair of red gym shorts.

Other distinctive items found with her remains included a patchwork quilt and a black tutu dress made by Australian clothing label Cotton On, in which it was spotted by a shopper on eBay.

This comes after police revealed this week they were conducting welfare checks of more than 250 children who could be the young girl whose bones were found dumped by the side of a road.

One blogger spotted this distinctive little girls' black tutu dress, she knew it was the same model as the one she had bought her daughter from Cotton On and that it had been made a few years ago

One blogger spotted this distinctive little girls' black tutu dress, she knew it was the same model as the one she had bought her daughter from Cotton On and that it had been made a few years ago

eBay image of the black tutu dress with its distinctive cross-stitched large sequins, which differ in colour to a few of the sequins on the dress found, perhaps because of the garment's degradation lying for weeks in the open on an outback road

eBay image of the black tutu dress with its distinctive cross-stitched large sequins, which differ in colour to a few of the sequins on the dress found, perhaps because of the garment's degradation lying for weeks in the open on an outback road

When SA Police released this image of this badly degraded but colourful quilt found with the child's body, quilters quickly went to work identifying seven of the fabrics used in the hexagonal patches, including the 'musical note' material in the border which was sold at Spotlight fabric outlet some years ago

When SA Police released this image of this badly degraded but colourful quilt found with the child's body, quilters quickly went to work identifying seven of the fabrics used in the hexagonal patches, including the 'musical note' material in the border which was sold at Spotlight fabric outlet some years ago

The skeleton of the murdered girl was found in a suitcase dumped on the Karoonda Highway near Wynarka (above), a tiny railway siding township 120km south-east of Adelaide, lying on the truck route between the South Australian grain belt and Port Adelaide

The skeleton of the murdered girl was found in a suitcase dumped on the Karoonda Highway near Wynarka (above), a tiny railway siding township 120km south-east of Adelaide, lying on the truck route between the South Australian grain belt and Port Adelaide

Insp Hutchins said in his 37 years in the force he has never seen anything like the 'incredibly sad' case. 

'There’s so much wrong about this case. This is truly a little girl lost - lost to the system, lost to society,' he said.

'It’s so wrong that we are six weeks into the investigation and we have not been able to identify the offender.

‘It’s so wrong that we are six weeks into the investigation and we still don’t know who this little girl is.’

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