Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee made the sad announcement just minutes ago that the 10-year-old missing girl whom the department has been looking for all afternoon has indeed been found dead, by HCSO divers in a nearby pond.
Rogers Middle School special needs student Jennifer Caballero has been missing since 1 p.m. this afternoon, prompting a massive search involving close to 100 deputies as well as special search and rescue units, one of which has located the little girl after 5 p.m.
Gee said that a number of units will remain on the scene and will conduct a further investigation as to how such a tragedy could have happened.
Jennifer was in PE class before she walked out which according to school spokes person Linda Cobbe was reported by the students some time later.
From Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Earlier this afternoon:
ACTIVE SEARCH OF A MISSING JUVENILE
HCSO is actively searching for a missing 10-year-old Jennifer Caballero. according to HCSO the Hispanic juveniole was last seen today at 1 p.m. walking away from Rogers Middle School at 11910 Tucker Rd in Riverview.
Jennifer,is 5′ tall 90 lbs has small build, black hair with pig tails. She was last seen wearing turquoise shirt with pink flowers and black pants.
Jennifer who has never been reported missing in the past has Down’s syndrome and has very limited verbal and communication skills mainly in Spanish only and answer to her name as “Jenny.”
HCSO has deputies and K9’ssearching on the ground and the aviation units are searching from the air. A reverse 911 “A Child is Missing” call has been made.
Anyone who may have seen the child or has information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.
A commend post has been set up at the Goolsby Shopping Center located at Boyette Road and McMullen Road in Riverview.