Body of missing Port St. Lucie girl found in retention pond

Body of missing Port St. Lucie girl found in retention pond

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CBS12) — The body of a missing 4-year-old girl has been found, Port St. Lucie police announced.

Chelsea Noel, who had been missing for more than 24 hours, was found around 1 a.m. Monday in a lake on the intersection of Hallmark Street and Abacus Avenue.

Noel, who is autistic and nonverbal, ran out of her home on Southwest Keats Street near Southwest Becker Road Saturday night.

Authorities found Noel’s body in a lake near her home. They do not suspect foul play.

Police say she became disoriented after leaving her home and ran straight into the lake. 

FDLE, the FBI, the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office and the Martin County Sheriff's Office assisted Port St. Lucie Police with the search efforts.

This story originally appeared on WPEC’s website.

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