NORTH PORT, Fla. — After an intense search, a missing 1-year-old girl has died after being found in a canal in a North Port neighborhood.
UPDATE: after all possible life-saving measures were taken, the child unfortunately passed away at around 1:20 p.m. today. There is still an extremely active investigation, so there are no further details at this time. As always, we will update when we receive more information.
— North Port Police (@NorthPortPolice) July 17, 2018
According to investigators, the toddler, Ava Perry, was reported missing at 11 a.m. Officials say she had been missing since around 10 a.m.
During a news conference, officials announced crews found Ava in the canal in about four to five feet of water about a half mile from her home.
She was quickly scooped up and rushed to a nearby hospital where "life-saving measures" were being performed. But unfortunately, the child passed away at around 1:20 p.m.
She went missing from her home in the 8500 block of Alam Avenue, off South Biscayne.
Neighbors said they held a prayer session for the family.
"I met people today that I didn't even know existed, we came together," said Neighbor Jamie Pratt.
This is a developing story. Refresh for updates.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the North Port Police Department at 941- 429-7300.