2-Year-Old Girl Discovered Perfectly Preserved In Glass Coffin 140 Years After Death Finally Re-Buried
A child who had been preserved in a glass coffin for 140 years has been re-buried after she was discovered during construction work.
The two-year-old girl, who was nicknamed Miranda Eve while genealogists attempted to find out her true identity, was wearing a long, white lace dress and had a cross of flowers on her chest when she was discovered.
Her body was perfectly preserved as the casket was made of metal and glass and perfectly sealed.
Construction crews working on a home on Rossi Street in San Francisco discovered the casket in May 2016.
Fox News’ KTVU reports how genealogist and founder of the Garden of Innocence Project, Elissa Davey, reburied the little girl and began the search to find out the child’s true story.
Using old maps of the area, which was originally a graveyard which had been re-located, Davey discovered Miranda Eve was in fact called Edith Howard Cook.
She was the second born child and first born daughter of Horatio Nelson and Edith Scooffy Cook and died on October 13, 1876, at age of two years, ten months and 15 days.
It is understood Edith died from ‘Marasmus’, a term used in the 1800s to describe severe undernourishment.
DNA experts said they believe Edith may have been unwell and, as a result, was unable to eat.
They have also found a living relative of Edith – a man by the name of Peter Cook who lives in the Bay Area of San Francisco.
Mr Cook has been named as Edith’s grand-nephew.