THE BRONX - Investigators have identified the mother of a 1991 cold case victim who has come to be known as "Baby Hope."

The body of the little girl, who is believed to have been between 3 and 5 years old, was found inside a picnic cooler near the Henry Hudson Parkway in Washington Heights more than two decades ago. Cops also discovered that she had been sexually abused.

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Police say they recently received a tip from a woman who thought she might know the sister of Baby Hope. That information and DNA evidence led them to a match.

Baby Hope was found with cans of Coca-Cola, which were traced back to a Bronx distribution center. She is also buried at Saint Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx.

Authorities had re-released a flyer back in July showing an age progression sketch of the victim, and offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.