Missing 3-year-old dies after being found in northwest Indiana lake

LONG BEACH, Ind. (AP) – A 3-year-old girl who went missing in a community in northwestern Indiana died after being found hours later along the shore of a small lake, police said.

The girl, who had autism and was non-verbal, died Thursday despite an hours-long attempt to resuscitate her, said Sgt. Steve Forker.

She was reported missing at 11:30 a.m. Thursday and was last seen wearing a T-shirt and diaper, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

Officers from multiple police stations conducting a search found her two hours later in the water along the north shore of Clare Lake in Long Beach, a LaPorte County community that overlooks Lake Michigan, about 40 miles east of Chicago.

Authorities have not released the girl’s name and she was pronounced dead at a Michigan City hospital.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident and are speaking to witnesses. They were also looking for video surveillance from the area.

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