New burial for century-old remains of SF girl found in a coffin underneath a garage
COLMA, Calif. (KTVU) - UPDATE: We now know the true identity of the girl found in the coffin. There's another burial ceremony scheduled for her in June of 2017. Read the latest here.
The remains of a mystery girl found whose 19th century casket was found underneath a San Francisco home, were buried at a Colma cemetery Saturday morning.
Dozens of people from all over the State came to pay their respects to a little girl they never knew.
The 3-year-old girl, believed to have died in the 1870's, is now being called "Miranda Eve."
Miranda means, "worthy of admiration" and Eve means "living."
The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic based fraternal organization, was there to give Baby Miranda a dignified ceremony.
As the music played, Baby Miranda's new casket, adorned with white roses, was carried from the back of a gray hearse and on to her new burial plot at the Greenlawn Cemetery.
"It's so special, the sun is coming out," one woman remarked, as the sun began peeking through the clouds.
Michael Dunn, from the Garden of Innocence, a charitable organization that provides burial services for abandoned children, led the service.
"She was forgotten and overlooked for more than 100 years, that ends today," he said.
Miranda was buried under a new headstone that reads "Miranda Eve. The Child Loved Around The World. If no one grieves, No one will remember!"
The headstone was created with a flat surface on both sides so that if she is identified, her real name can be etched on the back.
On Friday, a UC Davis anthropology professor took locks of hair, to conduct DNA testing, in hopes of identifying her and tracking down any living relatives.
After Miranda was placed into the ground, the strangers who came to say goodbye, scattered rose petals over her tiny casket.
Miranda's remains were first discovered last month in a coffin beneath the garage floor of homeowner, Ericka Karner, in San Francisco's Richmond District.
Construction crews found the coffin when they tore up the concrete ground, in order to remodel the house.
Investigators say the little girl was so well preserved, you could still see her blonde hair, fingernails, and the rose clutched in her hands.
At Saturday's memorial service, it was revealed that Karner had often heard tiny footsteps in her home, and always felt the presence of a kind spirit.
Now that Baby Miranda has been laid to rest again, she wonders if the footsteps will too.