Autistic girl, 9, missing from Lake County home
CLEARLAKE, Calif. (AP) Authorities expanded their search Monday for a 9-year-old autistic girl who can't speak who went missing from her waterfront home in Northern California.
Additional volunteers and divers were brought in to look for Mikaela Lynch, who disappeared on Sunday while playing in the yard of her home in the Highlands Harbor neighborhood of Clear Lake in Lake County, the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reported.
She can't speak and has the mental capacity of a 1-year-old, Clearlake police Lt. Tim Celli said. The home backs up to waterways.
Celli said Mikaela likes water but does not swim. Police were told she often removed her clothes when she was hot. They found articles of clothing in the yard.
"We're hoping for the best. This was a terrible tragedy to have a child go missing, especially on Mother's Day," he said.
Mikaela had been playing on a trampoline with her younger brother when he went inside, Celli said.
She was alone for an unknown period of time. Her parents were inside the house.
Her mother called for help around 1:30 p.m.