Body found in search for missing 7-year-old autistic girl who wandered from Texas motel

- Police searching for a missing 7-year-old autistic girl have pulled the body of a "young female" from a nearby lake in Texas, authorities said.

Alexis Wartena disappeared Tuesday afternoon from an Amarillo motel where her family was staying.

Divers searching the lake Wednesday pulled “the body of a young female” from the water, but declined to say whether it was the missing child.

Amarillo Police Department spokesman Jeb Hilton told InsideEdtion.com “I can’t confirm or deny” that the remains were little Alexis.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning, he said.

Alexis was last seen at about 3 p.m. at the La Kiva Motel, where she was staying with her parents and four siblings.

Her parents said she disappeared while being out of their sight for just a few minutes.

Police searched every room in the hotel, as well as lodgings at the Sleep Inn Motel next door. Dogs were used by officers combing nearby areas, and volunteers looked in surrounding neighborhoods.

The blue-eyed, blond-haired child did not speak, but did respond to her name, police said.

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