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Autistic 4-Year-Old Girl Found Dead in a Pond After She Went Missing | “Devastating and Heartbreaking”

Autistic 4-Year-Old Girl Found Dead in a Pond After She Went Missing | “Devastating and Heartbreaking”

Around 500 volunteers and first responders came out to help with the search after NeeGee was reported missing on Thursday.

Fiedwenya "NeeGee" Fiefe, a four-year-old autistic child had been reported missing since Thursday when her mother lodged a complaint with the Plainfield Police Department. The police, along with locals, had been part of an extensive search operation since Thursday. On Saturday, the Plainfield Police Department announced in a statement that a child's body matching NeeGee's description was discovered during a search by authorities and locals in a body of water in the Legacy Farms area on Friday evening. The Hendricks County Coroner's Office will precisely establish the child's identity, per ABC.



 

"Despite the valiant efforts of our citizens, volunteers, police, and fire, along with local and state agencies, the search for missing NeeGee has come to a devastating and heartbreaking end," the police said in a statement posted on Facebook. "We ask that the public please keep Fiedwenya Fiefe's family in their thoughts and prayers and respect their privacy at this time," the statement added.

Shortly after she was reported missing on Thursday, NeeGee was captured on surveillance footage at around 1 p.m., walking near her home in the Legacy Farms subdivision in Plainfield, 17 miles southwest of Indianapolis. Since NeeGee is nonverbal, it would have been challenging for her to request assistance, according to the police. NeeGee's mother told Fox 59 that she went missing after a miscommunication led her to believe the child was with her grandmother. 



 

A search party for NeeGee on Friday included about 500 first responders and volunteers. The police said they were mostly focusing on her neighborhood and two others close by. The state had also issued a silver alert for the missing child, saying that she "is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance." Police were investigating 14 ponds in Legacy Farms and surrounding areas because NeeGee was reportedly drawn to water. “All the people in this community care. You can tell by all the outpouring of support on social media, that people want to come out and help,” Plainfield Deputy Chief Joe Aldridge said.



 

 

In another update on Facebook, police requested that locals "go outdoors and examine your property carefully," as well as "review any exterior home video." In the meantime, officials carried out a search utilizing drones, rescue dogs, watercraft, and off-road vehicles. “I will tell you those waters are really, really murky and they are really dark. It is very difficult for divers to find anything in those ponds, so we still not ruling any of those possibilities out,” Aldridge said. 

When the search reached its second day on Friday morning, Aldridge told reporters, "She has a history of leaving the residence unattended but they generally find her quickly and get her back."



 

 

Aldridge confirmed that no foul play was suspected. “From what I gathered this is a misunderstanding between mother and grandmother on who was watching her at the time and this has happened a couple of times before,” he said, per WTHR. "The family, as you would imagine, is very devastated," he told ABC News. "They are cooperating with our agency."

References:

https://abcnews.go.com/US/year-girl-missing-indiana-believed-extreme-danger/story

https://fox59.com/news/search-continues-in-plainfield-for-missing-4-year-old-girl/

https://www.wthr.com/article/news/local/plainfield-authorities-asking-for-help-locating-missing-4-year-old-girl-legacy-farms-neighborhood-indiana/

https://www.facebook.com/PlainfieldIndianaPD

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