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Body of missing 8-year-old KY girl found

Skyleigh Pool went missing Wednesday afternoon. Her body was found Thursday morning. Skyleigh Pool went missing Wednesday afternoon. Her body was found Thursday morning.
At least 10 K-9 search dogs from agencies throughout western Kentucky searched for the girl. (Source: Rob Foote/KFVS) At least 10 K-9 search dogs from agencies throughout western Kentucky searched for the girl. (Source: Rob Foote/KFVS)
Illinois State Police provided a FLIR-equipped search plane. FLIR stands for forward-looking infrared. (Source: Rob Foote/KFVS) Illinois State Police provided a FLIR-equipped search plane. FLIR stands for forward-looking infrared. (Source: Rob Foote/KFVS)
Kentucky State Police are still investigating. (Source: Rob Foote/KFVS) Kentucky State Police are still investigating. (Source: Rob Foote/KFVS)
BALLARD COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

The body of a missing 8-year-old girl from Ballard County has been found.

Travis Holder with Ballard County Emergency Management says the body of Skyleigh Pool was found about a quarter of a mile from her home on Thursday morning.

Dean Patterson with Kentucky State Police said Skyleigh's body was found in a pond near her home.

Police say they believe Skyleigh wandered off. No foul play is suspected.

An autopsy was completed on Friday morning. A cause of death has not been released.

A Golden Alert was issued Wednesday evening for Skyleigh after she went missing around 3:30 - 4 p.m. Officials say she had developmental delays and was nonverbal.

"She can't speak. She can't tell you where she is," said Skyleigh's great-aunt Bridget DeHart while crews were searching.

She was found wearing the clothes she was reported missing in, but without shoes around 8 a.m.

Family members have been notified. 

The Ballard County coroner is on the scene. Kentucky State Police are still investigating. 

Searchers looked through the night. Crews were scaled back to two teams around 2 a.m. At least 10 K-9 search dogs from agencies throughout western Kentucky searched for the girl. Illinois State Police provided a FLIR-equipped search plane. FLIR stands for forward-looking infrared. FLIR uses thermal imaging to help locate missing people. 

"There are so many good people out here helping to look for her," DeHart said. "We appreciate that so much."

Holder said there were six to seven teams searching in Ballard County. The Kentucky State Police, Ballard County Sheriff's Department, McCracken County Sheriff's Department, Graves County Sheriff's Department, Ballard County Search and Rescue, Emergency Management helped in the search.

During the 15 hours she was missing, so many people dropped what they were doing to go help and try to find her. Many of those volunteers stopped to sleep for just an hour before they were back out on Thursday in hopes of finding Skyleigh.

For the dozens of volunteers that helped, alongside law enforcement, some said they find comfort seeing how quickly their community can come together.

"To know that the community pulled together like this and got out there the way they did and search and search," said volunteer Sandy Hart.

"I was out there until 2, 2:30 in the morning. They were out there until 4 searching and was back out at 6 this morning," said volunteer Bonnie Bruner.

Aside from the volunteers who helped with the search, others provided supplies like water and bug spray.

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