BREAKING NEWS: Kissimmee Cops: 9-year-old autistic girl dead; apparent victim of accidental drowning in neighborhood retention pond

Photo for Headline Surfer / Above, it was in this retention pond in the 2100 block of Avon Boulevard in the Chelsea Square apartment community in Kissimmee, Florida, where a 9-year-old girl was found dead early this Sunday morning as the result of an apparent accidental drowning. A posted sign says swimming is now allowed, but the victim was autistic.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The news of out Kissimmee is particularly sad out of Kissimmee on this Father's Day: The body of a 9-year-old autistic girl was found early this morning in a retention pond near her home, cops said.

Police responded to the 2100 block of Avon Boulevard, late Saturday night after a child was reported missing. The child, whose identity, has not yet been released,  was located early this Sunday morning in a retention pond on the property.  She was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene, cops said.

Here is a synopsis of what occurred in a media release sent out to Headline Surfer and other Central Florida news outlets at 6:38 a.m. by Stacie Miller, public information officer for the Kissimmee PD:

"Kissimmee Police detectives are working a drowning. Police responded to 2123 Avon Blvd. in the Chelsea Square apartment community in reference to a missing 9-year-old juvenile. The child was located in a retention pond on the property unresponsive. She was pronounced dead.  The investigation is ongoing, however, it appears to be an accidental drowning. There are no other details available."

Stacie MillerHere is a synopsis of what occurred in a media release sent out to Headline Surfer and other Central Florida news outlets at 6:38 a.m. by Stacie Miller, public information officer for the Kissimmee PD, shown here:

"Kissimmee Police detectives are working a drowning. Police responded to 2123 Avon Blvd. in the Chelsea Square apartment community in reference to a missing 9-year-old juvenile. The child was located in a retention pond on the property unresponsive. She was pronounced dead.  The investigation is ongoing, however, it appears to be an accidental drowning. There are no other details available."

Headline Surfer will provide updates as they become available

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet in Daytona Beach, Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL where he's pursuing an MA in New Media/Journalism (degree in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka Daily News, 2007-'08; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-'04; and cops & courts for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-'96.