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 covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.