County police Detective Carol Frye is haunted by photographs of an unknown girl that were found in the front yard of a Glen Burnie home nearly five months ago.
"We are desperate to find her," she said.
Since the pictures were found June 24, Frye has traveled to area schools showing them to teachers and counselors, hoping someone will recognize the girl who, judging by the explicit poses, is definitely in trouble.
"It does not appear to be a consentual situation," Frye said.
Five photographs of the girl, who is believed to be between 13 and 16, were found. Two of the photographs were torn up. After a resident found the pictures and called police, uniformed officers turned the pictures over the department's child abuse unit.
Whoever took the photographs, processed the film, made color prints using Kodak paper and trimmed them by hand, rather than sending them to a commercial color processing laboratory, Frye said.
"They do not have the normal numbers stamped on the back like other photographs do," she said. "Otherwise we could have tried to trace them that way and find out who the processor was."
Frye has also enlisted the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to identify the girl.
"They have copies of the pictures and are checking lists of runaways to try to find her," she said.
Besides seeing her in the pictures, investigators know nothing about the girl or where she might have come from.
"It is difficult to tell her height and weight from the pictures, but it appears that she has dark hair and eyes," Frye said.
Frye said she has no idea how the pictures wound up in the Glen Burnie yard or who else might be involved. She said she doubts the person who took the pictures left them where they were found.
"At one point, we thought we had identified her when a school counselor thought he recognized the girl, but it turned out not to be the same child," she said.
Frye said because the pictures were found in a residential area, the girl is probably from this area.
"If the pictures were found somewhere along Route 295 or 695, I would say our chances of finding her are not very good, but they were found in a residential area," she said.
Anyone who recognizes the girl or who has information should call the child abuse unit at 222-3477.