A Florida family was devastated when they received news that the body of their missing 4-year-old girl had been found near a retention pond.
Chelsea Noel of Port St. Lucie was last seen on Saturday when she walked out of her home just before 10 p.m. Chelsea’s disappearance sparked a huge community search, which eventually involved the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the FBI, the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, the Martin County Sheriff's Office and other agencies, reported the Sun-Sentinel.
About 24 hours later, a U.S. Marshal in a kayak in the pond discovered what would later be identified as Chelsea’s body.
According to Chelsea’s family, the 4-year-old was a non-verbal special needs child who became disoriented when she wandered away from home. Police believe she ran straight into the pond after leaving her home.
On Monday, Chelsea’s father spoke to reporters near the retention pond where his daughter’s body was found.
“I had to come here and see the final days of the life of my daughter. This is where her final days were, but I know she is in God’s hands,” Remy Noel told WPEC.
Port St. Lucie Police Chief John Bolduc told reporters foul play is not suspected in Chelsea’s death.
“It looks like the child, just as we have been reporting from the beginning, got out of the house and went right to this lake,” said Bolduc.
(Photo: NBC News 6 Miami)