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Family thanks Hamilton Township community, first responders for support after young girl found dead

Published: Aug. 23, 2021 at 2:37 PM EDT
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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WXIX) - It was an understandably emotional press conference Monday for the family of the four-year-old girl found dead in a pond Sunday.

The body of Emerie Schandorf-Woode, 4, was found in a Turning Leaf subdivision pond by dive teams around 8 p.m.

The tragic discovery came after numerous agencies and community members spent hours searching for the young girl since she was last seen around 12 p.m.

Her cause of death was drowning, according to the coroner’s office.

A 4-year-old girl is missing in Warren County, police announced on social media Sunday. Emerie...
A 4-year-old girl is missing in Warren County, police announced on social media Sunday. Emerie was last seen in the Turning Leaf subdivision along Turning Leaf Way off U.S. 22 about 12:30 p.m., police tweeted.(Hamilton Township Police Department)

As he fought back tears, Emerie’s father said Monday he is still trying to cope with what happened Sunday along Turning Leaf Way off U.S. 22.

“Nothing will bring our baby girl back,” Kube Schandorf-Woode said. “I don’t know when I’m going to feel better.”

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Her dad offered his gratitude to the community for the help and support they have shown.

“I want to tell the community, we saw their love, we felt their love. We appreciate your support.”

The call to support Emerie’s family from Hamilton Township Police Chief Scott Hughes on Sunday seems to have been answered.

“We gotta keep the family in our thoughts and prayers because you can imagine, those of you that have kids, I have kids about that age, and it sucks,” he said.

It was the community’s support to which Hamilton Township Fire Chief Brian Reese also praised at Monday’s press conference.

To honor Emerie, residents are asked to display purple and blue ribbons and balloons, which were her favorite colors.

There is also a GoFundMe that has been set up to help her family.

Click here to donate to the official GoFundMe account.

For those who would like to make a monetary donation to Emerie’s family, you can drop it off at the Hamilton Township Department, 7780 South SR-48 Maineville, OH 45039.

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