Body of Missing Riverview Girl Found in Pond

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said the body of 11-year-old was discovered in a pond behind the school,

The body of a missing 11-year-old girl with Down syndrome was found in a pond behind Rodgers Middle School, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

After an extensive search by air and land using K-9 dogs, the body of Jennifer Caballero was discovered in deep water in one of two ponds behind the school at about 6:15 p.m. Divers searching the pond found the child in water approximately 12 feet deep and approximately 20 feet from the shore line. The pond has zero visibility.

The pond is surrounded by a 4-foot chain-link fence.

Jennifer Caballero was last seen about 12:30 p.m. in a gymnasium where students were playing basketball at Rodgers Middle, at 11910 Tucker Rd.

The girl was reportedly in the gym with about 20 other children with special needs and was being supervised by a teacher and six aides.

Visibly shaken, Sheriff David Gee told members of the media the investigation ended with the worst possible outcome. The little girl apparently climbed the fence around the pond and drowned.

"It's a terribly sad situation that we find ourselves in," said Gee.

Gee said the sheriff's office is working with school officials to determine the circumstances that led to her disappearance.

Shirley October 23, 2012 at 03:57 AM
1 teacher and six aides..... wow.....Looks like they wasn't doing their job.. Poor little girl.This shouldn't of never happened... NO excuse..Praying for the family
Shirley October 23, 2012 at 03:58 AM
With 1 teacher and six aides,this should of never happened
JohAnna koundrakas October 23, 2012 at 04:37 AM
As a mom of six one having downs all I have to say is this is tragic that could of been prevented.sorry for the loss of this innocent little girl who did not deserve this. We leave our kids where we believe they would be safe and trust the teachers and something like this happens so sad all my prayers go to this girls family....
leonard sigler October 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Look for more of these kinds of things to happen if Romney is elected. Cutting our teachers will have a devastating result.
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