Alisha Ann Heinrich (May 24, 1981 - December 3 or 4, 1982), formerly known as "Delta Dawn" was a young girl located deceased in the Escatawpa River in Moss Point, Mississippi in 1982. She was last seen with her mother, who remains a missing person and her mother's male friend, now a suspect in her death. Her identification was announced on December 4, 2020, nearly 38 years after her murder.

Case

It is believed that Heinrich was seen alive with a woman who was carrying a child while pacing over a bridge. The woman, presumably Heinrich's mother or abductor, was causing a disturbance and refused help from those who offered.

Her body was found after a man had called police to report a woman's body in the river, but the child's body was found instead. The adult has never been located. The caller stated that the victim was wearing a blue plaid shirt, possibly flannel.

Heinrich had been alive when she entered the water, as she inhaled water before dying. An apparent attempt to smother her had taken place beforehand. It is unknown why she had been disposed of in the water.

Another victim, the Jackson County John Doe was found after an additional search. He was not likely related to this case, as he had been shot and was deceased for a significant amount of time before.

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  1. This approximation is based on the addition of Gwendolyn Clemons into NamUs, although the removal of Heinrich's file on the same site was not reported by our users until early October.
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