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Local ‘Delta Dawn’ Mystery Investigated By True Crime Podcast

Podcasting group, Audiochuck, has released a new true-crime podcast, entitled “Solvable”, following the case of Mississippi’s Delta Dawn.

Delta Dawn was a nearly 40-year-old cold case involving the mysterious death of an unknown toddler whose body was found floating in the Escatawpa River near Pascagoula in 1982.

The child known as “Delta Dawn” and “Baby Doe” was finally identified as 18-month-old Alisha Ann Heinrich with the help of DNA genealogy testing. Her mother, Gwendolyn Mae Clemons Heinrich, is still missing. The mother and daughter were reported missing from Joplin, Mo. and last seen on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1982. The mother was 23 at the time.

Over the years, forensic artists produced a possible reconstruction of the child’s face. In 2009, a DNA sample was collected from the child’s body. Then last year, a DNA sample from the child was taken to Othram, a Texas lab for genealogical testing. A month later, the DNA sample was confirmed as belonging to the child when compared to two family members.

Solvable is hosted by genetic genealogist, Amanda Reno, who examines the case with interviews from law enforcement who worked the case from the very beginning.

All 10 episodes of “Solvable” are available now on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.


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