PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police have found the body of a 5-year-old girl who was reported missing late Wednesday night.
Naomi Thomas was last seen around 11:15 p.m. on her family’s doorbell camera.
Officers were seen searching the area around the family’s home on Babcock Street, not far from Roger Williams Park.
Around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, police said Naomi was found unresponsive in a pond at the park. She was taken to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Naomi was believed to be nonverbal, possibly due to autism, according to police.
No word on how she ended up in the park.
The Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) told 12 News they’re looking into the incident, adding that they don’t have any history with the family.
A candlelight vigil for Naomi was held at 6:30 p.m. at the Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park.
Hear from members of her family in the video below.