Four-Year-Old Ohio Girl Found Dead in Pond Where She Liked to Feed Fish After Disappearing from Her Home

Emerie Schandorf-Woode | CREDIT: HAMILTON TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT

A 4-year-girl who disappeared from her Ohio home has tragically been found dead, according to authorities.

Emerie Schandorf-Woode’s body was located in a pond on Sunday evening around 8 p.m., the Hamilton Township Police Department confirmed in a Facebook post.

Police Chief Scott Hughes said during a press conference on Monday that Emerie enjoyed going to that pond to feed the fish, Fox affiliate WXIX reported.

“Our worst fears came true,” Hughes said through tears, per the outlet. “This sucks. This just sucks. She was 4 years old.”

“I’ve been in this job for a long time and this is, without a doubt, the most tragic press conference I’ve ever done,” Hughes added in a press briefing shared on their Facebook page.

Emerie was first reported missing on Sunday in the Turning Leaf subdivision of Hamilton Township, according to police.

Chief Hughes said during an early press conference that Ring camera footage captured Emerie walking down her Warren County driveway barefoot around noon, WXIX reported.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Joelle Goldstein