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    7-year-old reported missing found dead in lake: TN police

    7-year-old reported missing found dead in lake: TN police

    Serenity Kinsey, 7, was reported missing from her home in Tennessee hours before divers discovered her body, investigators say.

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    The search for a missing 7-year-old girl came to a tragic end on the Fourth of July, Tennessee authorities said.

    Serenity Kinsey’s body was found hours after she disappeared from her family’s home in Dandridge, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    “A dive team located her body in the lake near her home a short time ago,” the agency said on Facebook. “Our hearts go out to her family during this difficult time.”

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    Serenity, who was autistic and nonverbal, went missing at about 1 a.m., prompting a statewide Amber Alert, investigators said.

    She enjoyed playing in water, WVLT reported, citing authorities.

    Investigators didn’t release additional details.

    Dandridge is about a 30-mile drive east from Knoxville.

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    Tanasia is a national Real-Time reporter based in Atlanta covering news across Georgia, Mississippi and the Southeast. Her sub-beat is retail and consumer news. She’s an alumna of Kennesaw State University and joined McClatchy in 2020.

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