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Preserved Body Of Child Found In Glass Coffin Under House Finally Identified


Child’s Body Buried In Glass Coffin In 1800’s Finally Found

A little girl who passed away in the 1800s was buried in a glass coffin in a perfectly preserved condition was finally identified. It was found underneath a house in San Francisco in May Last year. The research team which worked on it for a year were able to identify the girl – and it is none other than Edith Howard Cook, daughter of a prominent high – society couple.

She was about celebrate her third birthday in two months but unfortunately passed away on October 13 1876 due to severe undernourishment caused by infection. The body was dressed in a white lace and well – preserved alongside a delicate red rose and lavender woven into her hair.

It was earlier believed that all the bodies in the 19th century Richmond District cemetery had been removed and Edith was one among 30000 people with graves at the old Odd fellows cemetery. Most of them were moved to Colma in the 1920s and it is still not known why Edith was left behind.

Alongside Odd Fellows cemetery archive documents, researchers from UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis, tracked down a living Cook relative for a DNA sample.This allowed them to verify Edith’s identity.

The body was discovered during a Lone Mountain home remodelling. Since the body was found in a private property, the property owner, Ericka Karner, should have to deal with it. Garden of Innocence helped Karner to respectfully dispose the remains of the body.

Edith was reburied at Colma’s Greenlawn Memorial Park on June 4th, she was believed to be Miranda Eve before identifying her original facts. Around 140 people attended the service and another memorial service was schedules on June 10 for her newfound identity.