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Body of missing 9-year-old found

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POSTED May 15, 2013 9:41 p.m.

CLEARLAKE  (AP) — Authorities found the body on Wednesday of an autistic Northern California 9-year-old who went missing from her family's vacation home, ending an exhaustive, emotional search for the girl.

A dive team found Mikaela Lynch in a muddy creek near the home in Clearlake, Clearlake Police Chief Craig Clausen said. He said there was no indication of foul play, but offered few other details..

Mikaela went missing on Sunday. She had been playing on a trampoline with her brother and was briefly alone when he went into the house.

Police have said she was unable to speak and had the mental capacity of a 1-year-old. She liked the water, but did not swim.

Surveillance video from a neighbor's house showed her naked running up the street, and then her family looking for her minutes later. Mikaela's disappearance sparked a massive search effort that included hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement officials.

 

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