- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Authorities searching for a 7-year-old autistic girl who went missing from an Amarillo motel say the body of a young girl has been found in a nearby lake.

Amarillo Officer Jeb Hilton said Thursday that they have not yet released the identity of the body found, but have suspended the search for the missing girl, named Alexis Wartena. An autopsy was set for Thursday.

The body was found Wednesday morning. Authorities had been searching for her since her family reported her missing late Tuesday afternoon.

Police say the family was traveling through the area. Police say the girl’s parents had taken their eyes off the girl for a few minutes and she left their motel room.

Police had said the girl didn’t speak but would answer to her name.

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