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Desperate search for missing autistic girl Serenity Kinsey, 7, found in Tennessee lake

Desperate search for missing autistic girl Serenity Kinsey, 7, found in Tennessee lake

Desperate search for missing autistic girl Serenity Kinsey, 7, found in Tennessee lake

Law enforcement officials gave a tragic update this week when they recovered Serenity Kinsey’s body from a lake just an hour after an Amber Alert was issued.

Serenity Kinsey, 7, had run away from home twice before(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

A statewide search in Tennessee for a missing 7-year-old autistic girl came to an abrupt and tragic end when her body was found in a lake hours after the search began.

Serenity Alanna Marie Kinsey, 7, was located in Douglas Lake near Dandridge around 11 a.m. Thursday by a dive team. The massive search had begun hours earlier, at 5 a.m., after the girl’s parents reported her missing, saying she had left her home on Indian Creek Road in the middle of the night.




“One of the first responding deputies dispatched his K-9 partner, who led him to the area of ​​a dock on Douglas Lake,” officials said. “The Sheriff’s Office and TWRA boats responded to that area and upon scanning the area, both observed a suspicious blip on radar near a dock.”

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Serenity Alanna Marie Kinsey, 7, was located at Douglas Lake near Dandridge around 11 a.m.(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

The seven-year-old boy had quietly left his home on two other occasions, but was quickly found both times.

Authorities said they recovered the 7-year-old girl’s body from the lake about an hour after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an Amber Alert. “We have a heartbreaking update on the search for Serenity Kinsey,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. “A dive team located her body in a lake near her home a short time ago. Our hearts go out to her family during this difficult time.”