Body found under San Francisco home identified as 1876 girl

Girl was two years old

FILE - In this June 4, 2016, photo, the Knights of Columbus, Yerba Buena Lodge of San Francisco, stand guard as the casket, holding the body of a girl found in May 2016 and buried in San Francisco, is carried to her new grave at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Colma, Calif. The girl who died in 1876 and was found last year inside a small metal casket under a San Francisco home has been identified. The nonprofit Garden of Innocence project said Tuesday, May 9, 2017, that the child was 2-year-old Edith Howard Cook, who died on Oct. 13, 1876. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 19th-century body of a girl found last year inside a small metal casket under a San Francisco home has been identified.

The nonprofit Garden of Innocence project said Tuesday that the child was 2-year-old Edith Howard Cook, who died on Oct. 13, 1876.

The girl was apparently left behind when the remains of about 30,000 people originally buried in San Francisco’s Odd Fellows Cemetery in the Richmond District were moved in the 1920s to Greenlawn Memorial Park in Colma.

Researchers caught a big break when they found a map of the old cemetery at a University of California, Berkeley library and matched it to the Cook’s burial plot.

DNA taken from Edith’s well-preserved body matches Marin County resident Peter Cook — Edith’s grandnephew.

 

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