Madison Williams

Madison Williams

Update: The Smith County Sheriff's Office said preliminary findings from an autopsy conducted on 3-year-old Madison Williams show the cause of death was drowning. The Smith County Sheriff's Office said the investigation is still ongoing.

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An autopsy is being conducted on a 3-year-old girl who was found dead in New Chapel Hill on Sunday afternoon.

Sgt. Larry Christian, spokesman for the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, said the autopsy is being performed by Forensic Medical Management Services in Tyler.

No other information was available from the Sheriff’s Office by Monday afternoon.

Madison Williams had wandered away from her grandmother’s house and was found by divers in the family pond, according to a case report from Justice of the Peace James Meredith’s office.

There were no injuries seen on the body at the time, the report said. She was pronounced dead at 4 p.m., with a time of death of 3:30 p.m., according to the report.

Manner and cause of death are still pending, the report said.

Williams had been reported missing Sunday morning, and sheriff’s deputies responded to the area around 10 a.m. Law enforcement agencies from across the area assisted in the search, which involved drones, scent-finding K-9s and all-terrain vehicles.

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