The search for a missing 4-year-old in Warren County ended Sunday night when Emrie Schandorf-Woode was found dead in a pond in Hamilton Township.
"We don't know if she was playing on the rocks, if she slipped and fell, we won't know that for some time," said Hamilton Township Police Chief Scott Hughes.
Emrie liked to go to the pond and feed the ducks, the chief said.
Police said that Emrie was last seen in the Turning Leaf subdivision along Turning Leaf Way off U.S. 22 at around 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
K-9 units, volunteers searching on foot and drones looked for Emrie on Sunday. At one point, Hughes said there was no reason to believe she was in the water, but police announced she had been found around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
“Our worst fears came true,” the chief said during the Sunday press conference. “This sucks. This just sucks. She was 4years old.”
The Little Miami School District said that Emrie would have entered preschool. Counselors will be at each school building for staff and students who need grief and mental health support.
"Every young death is tragic, but it is so profoundly heartbreaking to lose a precious child this young," a statement from the district said. "Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with the Shandorf-Woode family & friends during this time. Panther Nation let us come together & lift them up."
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