Woman Says Girl Found in Lake Was Niece Alexis Wartena

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The missing autistic girl has been found dead. That’s according to her aunt Millicent Carlton. She says police notified the family this morning.

Amarillo police call off the search for a missing autistic child today just after 9 a.m. after a body was recovered from T-Anchor Lake.

Police say it is a young female’s body, but they still haven’t released the identity to the public pending more information.

The search for 7-year-old Alexis Wartena began shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Crews had to temporarily suspend their overnight efforts because of the darkness.

Multiple agencies helped in the search, including the Amarillo Police Dive Team.

The search continued early this morning, ultimately leading to the recovery of a young girl’s body.

Carlton says it is her.

Alexis was a non-verbal autistic child who went missing Tuesday from La Kiva Motel just off of I-40.

We know crews were searching room to room, expanded their search to surrounding buildings, then ultimately T-Anchor Lake.

“Just because it’s so close, we’re going to exhaust everything we have to do here,” said Amarillo Police Officer Jeb Hilton “They have gone all the way to Grand Street on both sides of the highway. They’ve gone all the way past Ross Street on both sides of the highway, checking all motels, all businesses, just any little nook that a kid could crawl into.”

Tuesday, law enforcement listed Alexis as missing endangered. That was issued across five different states.

They say the reason an Amber Alert was never issued was because for that to happen, an abduction must first be confirmed.

An autopsy is scheduled to happen Thursday morning in Lubbock.

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