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Missing 3-year-old girl dies after being found in NW Indiana Lake – NBC Chicago

A 3-year-old girl who went missing in a northwest Indiana community has 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 hour-long effort to resuscitate her, Michigan City Police Department Sgt. Steve Fourker.

She had been 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 departments who conducted a search found her two hours later in the water along the north shore of Lake Clare in Long Beach, a community in LaPorte County that overlooks Lake Michigan about 64.4 kilometers east of Chicago.

Authorities have not released the name of the girl, who was pronounced dead at a Michigan City hospital.

Police continued to investigate the incident and interview witnesses. They were also looking for video surveillance of the area.

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