Investigators check for link between Baby Doe and Baby Kate

Baby Kate (left) and a female toddler identified only as "Baby Doe" (right).

LUDINGTON, Mich. (WOOD) — After the discovery of a 4-year-old girl’s body along the shore of Boston Harbor in Massachusetts, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office is looking at whether the “Baby Doe” could be Katherine Phillips — a baby who went missing in 2011 in Mason County.

Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole said that while the Baby Doe lead is the most recent lead in the Baby Kate case, it’s one of hundreds they’ve received over the years.

Right now it doesn’t appear the two cases are connected, but authorities aren’t ruling anything out.

“It’s been a tough four years, you know, we’ve had a lot of struggles in our community in the last couple of years,” Cole said. “Always out there has been Baby Kate.”

So when the mystery of Baby Doe from Boston began on June 25, the case made its way all over social media and had some people wondering if Baby Doe could in fact be Baby Kate, four years later.

24 Hour News 8 asked Cole if there are any clear similarities between the cases.

>>Related: Sean Phillips’ letter to Baby Kate

“Other than it sounds like Baby Doe is roughly 4-years-old and that would be the age of Baby Kate,” Cole said. “The computer-generated photo they have of Baby Doe would be similar to Baby Kate, but other than that, there’s no physical evidence connecting the two.”

Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole (July 9, 2015)
Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole (July 9, 2015)

Even though it appears unlikely that the girls could be linked, investigators are following up on every lead they get in the Baby Kate case.

“Our detectives have been in contact with the authorities out in the Boston area and they’re exchanging information,” he said. “Whatever clues they have or evidence they have and we have, we will share with them and with us.”

“I don’t think it’s baby Kate,” Cole added. “But we would be failing the family and baby Kate and the community if we didn’t look into it to the fullest extent possible.”

Baby Kate’s father, Sean Phillips, is currently in prison and is accused of killing her.  Her body has never been found.

“One person knows the answer and that person has chosen not to share that with us, so we will investigate through other means to get to the bottom of this,” Cole said.



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