Authorities have found a body in a lake near where a 5-year-old autistic girl went missing Wednesday night.
Divers have not pulled the body from the water and do not know whether it could be Kaymania Serenity Catta, police said shortly after 9 a.m.
The search has been ongoing overnight for the girl, who went missing about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Virginia State Police and Hampton dive teams were searching a lake near Triton Way, said Cpl. Jason Price, police spokesman. There are three lakes in the neighborhood.
A Michigan search and rescue expert also was flying into the area on behalf of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help searchers look for the girl in the search for Kaymania, Price said. He advised police Wednesday night on a search plan and was expected to help them assess the plan for the day and continue the search.
At 6 a.m. today, police began using the city's reverse 911 system to alert residents in the area of Triton Way to describe the girl, who is nonverbal and can't speak or call out for help, and is black, 4 feet tall, 50 pounds and has medium to light skin. She was wearing a black T-shirt with the words “Hello Kitty” on the front, purple shorts with white stripes on the sides and no shoes.
Kaymania is believed to have wandered away after she was last seen by her mother about 5:30 p.m. She is not familiar with the area because her family recently moved to the neighborhood.
At daybreak today, law enforcement, fire and military experts started searching a one-square-mile radius, Price said. They broke that down into 250 separate search grids and were using a systematic procedure to look for the girl. The search team includes police from Hampton and Newport News, Hampton firefighters, the FBI, military personnel and state emergency management search and rescue experts.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts should call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887) or Hampton police at (757) 727-6111.