Jessica Machetta (@jmachetta)

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) – Forensic science has come a long way since 1968, when the body of a little girl was found in a St. Charles County lake.

Detective Stephanie Fisk has reopened the case.

The girl’s body was successfully exhumed about 2 p.m. Thursday, and is now at the St. Louis County Forensics Office. It will then be transferred to the University of Tennessee for DNA analysis.

“It was amazing to see the amount of respect and dignity that was given to her today,” says Val Joyner, St. Charles County Public Information Officer.

Jane Doe West Alton was found dead in a suitcase, which was discovered fishermen in West Alton Lake. Her death was ruled a homicide.

(Courtesy of the St. Charles County Police Department)

(Courtesy of the St. Charles County Police Department)

It’s believed she was 2 to 4 years old with blond hair.

“Without computers and internet and technology, I don’t know who got those missing persons reports, or how far they went nationally,” Fisk says. “With the technology that we have today, now, if I lose my child, someone in California will know about it in a matter of three seconds. And it just wasn’t like that back then.”

Fisk says new testing should provide more specifics.

She is not releasing the girl’s cause of death because it is an open case.

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