Tuesday, February 27

‘Little Miss Nobody’ in Arizona desert ID’d as Sharon Lee Gallegos

CONGRESS, Arizona—The little girl’s name, the one she has been known by for the past 61 yearsit is hard to even say.

Her body was found in the Arizona desert on July 31, 1960. She wore a blue buttoned blouse and shorts, and on her small feet were adult flip flops that had been cut to size. Her fingernails and her toenails were painted. But her name, her race, and even her exact age could not be discerned.

She became known as Little Miss Nobody.

Over the years, the mystery of who she was and how she died has waxed and waned. There have been periods of activity, of possible breakthroughs that fizzled out, and long spells of silence with barely a whisper about the unknown little girl found dead in the desert.

But on Tuesday morning, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office announced the little girl would be Little Miss Nobody no more. “I hope we never hear that name again,” Sheriff David Rhodes said.

Using fresh DNA analysis, authorities concluded they had definitively identified the girl as Sharon Lee Gallegos.

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Sharon was abducted from her grandmother’s home in Alamogordo, New Mexico. She was 4 years old.

Early reports about the body found in the desert connected the two cases. A report in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 8, 1960, read: “There is some speculation that the body could be that of Sharon Lee Gallegos, kidnapped at Alamagordo NM July 21.”

But investigators of the era, based on evidence at the time, concluded the remains were not Sharon, Yavapai County Lt. Tom Boelts said on Tuesday.


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