Girl in a coffin uncovered months ago in San Francisco finally identified

This is Edith Howard Cook, in a restored photo found in her casket (Courtesy of Jennifer Onstrott Warner of Fairy Tale Portraits)

Nearly a year ago a little girl's casket was found underneath a home in San Francisco. It turns out she had been buried there back in 1876. Following the discovery the mystery girl was first named Miranda Eve.

Garden of Innocence which handles burials of unidentified children got involved. It brought her body to Fresno until she could be given what it considers a dignified burial.

During the past eleven months Garden of Innocence leaned on many experts to put a name on the two year old girl.

The little girl preserved in the glass coffin is Edith Howard Cook. What it took to put a name to her face was eleven months of cold case investigating. Genealogists, anthropologists, a police detective and a person familiar with cemeteries started digging for information.

Seven months into their investigation there was a major break. A family member of Edith lives in San Rafael. Peter Cook agreed to a DNA sample. Elissa Davey is the director of Garden of Innocence. "At the end of April, Ed Green of U-C Davis said that he could pretty much guarantee 100 percent that Edith Howard Cook and Peter Cook are related. And Miranda is Edith Howard Cook. A feat that everybody thought couldn't be done."

Garden of Innocence reburied Miranda Eve on June 4th of last year in Coma. But Elissa Davey was determined to find her true identity. "We fought hard to give her her name. We can now let her rest in peace with the company of knowing who she is and hopefully people will visit her."

Garden of Innocence has scheduled a memorial service for Edith Howard Cook on June 10th in Colma but this time the world knows her true identity.

Click here to visit the Garden of Innocence website.

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