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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mikaela Lynch, Missing Autistic Girl Found Dead, Was S.F. Resident

Posted By on Thu, May 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

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The 9-year-old girl who was found dead yesterday near her family's vacation home in Lake County was a San Francisco resident who attended the special needs program at Sunset Elementary.

The Examiner reported this morning that the San Francisco Unified School District is in the process of letting students know about the death of Mikaela Lynch, who was last seen Sunday in the backyard of the Clearlake home. She had been playing outside with her brother then walked away and was later seen running up the street naked, according to press reports.

After a long search, police found her dead in the muddy waters, but do not suspect foul play. Mikaela, who had the mental capacity of a 1-year-old and was not able to speak, loved the water but did not know how to swim.

SFUSD Spokeswoman Heidi Anderson said in a statement to the Examiner that "in the coming days the school will find ways for the community to honor Mikaela."

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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