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Body of missing autistic girl, 9, found in Northern California

Mikaela Lynch, 9, was last seen in the fenced backyard of her family's vacation home in the Highlands neighborhood of Clearlake in Lake County, California on Sunday, May 12, 2013.
May 16, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities have found the body of a young autistic girl who went missing in Northern California.

A dive team found the body of 9-year-old Mikaela Lynch Wednesday in a muddy creek near her family's vacation home in Clearlake.

Lynch had been missing since Sunday when her brother briefly went inside the house, leaving her alone.

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

Lynch's disappearance sparked a massive search effort that included hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement officials.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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