Missing 4-year-old girl found dead in Osceola County pond

Body found along Derby Drive near Kissimmee

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A missing 4-year-old girl was found dead in a pond in Osceola County, deputies said.

The girl’s body was found Monday night submerged in water along Derby Drive near Kissimmee.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the area for a missing girl who was visiting family.

The girl had last been seen in the backyard with a family dog near a gated retention pond, deputies said. Minutes later, the child disappeared, and the dog was seen swimming in the pond, according to sheriff’s officials.

A search that involved a helicopter, K-9s and fire rescue crews, along with the Orlando Fire Department dive team, located the body of the girl submerged in the pond, deputies said.

There were no signs of foul play.

“This death appears to be a tragic accident,” the sheriff’s office said.

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No other details have been released.

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