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Autistic girl found dead in south Ga. pond

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Posted at 7:57 PM, Jul 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-25 19:57:00-04

 SWAINSBORO, Ga. (AP) - Emanuel County sheriff's officials say an autistic 6-year-old girl has drowned in a pond.  

 

      Sheriff Tyson Stephens told WSAV-TV Thursday that foul play is not suspected in the death of Dena Burns.

 

      Investigators say her parents reported her missing Thursday morning and they told authorities they believed she walked away from their home in Swainsboro.

 

      Officials found the girl unconscious in a nearby pond and were unable to revive her.