UPDATE: Search Ends For Missing Minnesota Toddler
Edina, MN (KROC AM News) - A search for a Minnesota toddler that began Labor Day afternoon ended tragically Tuesday.
The Edina Police Dept. announced Tuesday afternoon the body of the 2 1/2-year-old girl was recovered around 1:00 pm.
Her body was found in a pond located near Rosland Park, where she had been with her family Monday. Police say Iklas Abdullahi Ahmed wandered away from her family and she was reported missing around 5:00 pm.
A search that included more than 150 police officers, firefighters, and others continued into Monday night and Tuesday, totaling 18 hours. Police said the girl was autistic and non-verbal. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
“On behalf of the City, I want to send our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones of this young girl,” said Edina Police Chief Todd Milburn. “Our hearts go out to all those affected by this devastating tragedy.”
Edina Police and Fire personnel were aided by numerous agencies in the region, totaling more than 150 people including the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Task Force 1, and police and fire crews from the neighboring cities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Richfield, Rogers, Savage, and St. Louis Park.
“We are appreciative of all those who aided in this search, including our law enforcement and fire and rescue partners as well as those in the surrounding areas,” Milburn added.
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