Perfectly Preserved Toddler Found in 145-Year-Old Casket ID’d as Daughter of Prominent Bay Area Family

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Her remarkably well-preserved body was discovered a year ago in an unmarked metal casket in a wealthy San Francisco neighborhood.

She was barely 3 when she died and was interred in a long-forgotten cemetery more than a century ago. When workers discovered her elaborate coffin beneath a concrete slab, there were no markings or gravestone to say who she was.

Over the last year, as the casket rested in a new grave in Colma, a team of scientists, amateur sleuths and history buffs worked tirelessly to solve the central question in this Bay Area mystery: Who was the little girl in the casket?

This week, they announced their answer: She was Edith Howard Cook.

Read the full story on LATimes.com