Missing 12-year-old autistic girl found dead in lake near home

The body of a missing 12-year-old autistic girl has been found after police say she drowned in a lake near her Texas home.

Aisha Adebayo was last seen walking away from her home on a security camera the night of Wednesday, June 26, in the 29800 block of Aaron River Trail, the Fulshear Police Department said in a post on Facebook.

Police continued to provide updates in their Facebook post as the search for the girl continued the following morning. They even asked neighbors to check video cameras for any signs of her.

The girl's parents said it was shortly before 9 p.m. local time when they realized their daughter, who was not speaking, was not home, according to ABC affiliate KHOU . They then immediately called the police.

FPD Capt. Mike McCoy told KHOU that helicopters, K-9 units and community members also assisted in the pursuit.

“You would have been amazed to see all the flashlights and cars coming and going, we literally had hundreds and hundreds of eyes helping us, so it was just heartbreaking,” he said.

But around 5:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, June 27, the department updated its post to share the sad news that Aisha was found dead.

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“Our hearts are heavy with grief for Aisha and her family,” police said. “We deeply appreciate everyone who has assisted in the search and shared information. Please keep Aisha’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time.”

A preliminary investigation indicates that Aisha drowned, police said. An investigation is still underway.

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