Claim: A 9-year-old autistic girl named Mikaela Lynch is missing from her Clearlake, California, home.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2013]
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MIKAELA LYNCH, A 9 yo AUTISTIC CHILD, MISSING FROM CLEARLAKE, CALIFORNIA SINCE MAY 12, 2013.
Origins: A 9-year-old autistic girl who is unable to speak went missing from her waterfront home in Clearlake, California on the afternoon of Sunday,
Mikaela Lynch was last seen in the yard of her home at
Police and volunteers are searching door to door and in the water for Mikaela, who is described as
She can’t speak and has the mental capacity of a
Police were told Mikaela typically wore a diaper and often removed her clothes when she was hot, and they found articles of clothing in the yard. Police believe Mikaela is naked and shoeless: “Canines have led to a diaper we believe the child was wearing at some point, located near the waterway, at least one house away,” said Celli.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to call police at (707) 994-8251.
Update: Searchers found the body of Mikaela Lynch in a creek near her home on the afternoon of 15 May 2013.
Last updated: 15 May 2013
McCallum Kevin. “All-Out Search for Nine-Year-Old Autistic Girl Missing in Clearlake.” The [Santa Rosa] Press Democrat. 12 May 2013. Rossman, Randi. “Search Expands for Missing 9-year-old Autistic Clearlake Girl.” The [Santa Rosa] Press Democrat. 13 May 2013.