Ever since I saw Mikaela Lynch's big blue eyes cross my Facebook feed I've been shaken. Like someone walked over my grave shaken.
This was my status 17 hours ago:
This hits way to close to home. Recently, Natalie wandered off while my back was turned outside. I found her in a field a half mile from our house. Luckily the bridge down the road was out so we haven't had traffic. Just like this little girl she is attracted to water but doesn't know how to swim. Natalie is also non verbal and removes clothing when hot. I just spent time begging God to help find this little girl.
Non-verbal..being Autistic doesn't equal dumb. Children with are often highly intelligent problem solvers. Natalie looks for when I'm distracted (even a split second) to take advantage to do what she wants to do.
She has zero concept of personal safety.
I horrified to tell you the number of times I have found Madeline or Natalie in the road. Once with a huge construction truck stopping just before her.
Madeline panics. She runs when there is a big sound. It may be towards traffic. Towards water. She'll shed any and all clothing to include her pull ups. Vigilance is kind of an understatement.
I've lost Natalie before. 3 hours later and police involved..she came out from underneath the house naked.
Authorities said Mikaela has the mental capacity of a 1-year-old.She "is attracted to water" but does not know how to swim, Celli said. Her family's home backs up against water, and search-and-rescue teams were scouring nearby waterways by air and on the ground."She can doggy-paddle, but apparently her thought process does not allow her to close her mouth," Celli said."We are still hoping for the best," he said. "We want to use every resource we have available to us to hopefully bring this to a positive outcome."He added, however, that "as time ticks by, the likelihood of that narrows for us."Mikaela had taken off her clothes - something she frequently did when she was hot - and the diaper she typically wore was found near her home.Mikaela is 4 feet tall, weighs 70 pounds, and has blue eyes and brown hair. She is unable to speak, according to police.
Please God..please help them find this little girl.