The investigation continued into the death of a 3-year-old girl found in a Smith County pond on Sunday.
Madison Williams, who had been reported missing Sunday morning, was found dead in a pond near the 6400 block of County Road 210 in New Chapel Hill, according to a spokesperson for the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area about 10 a.m. Sunday regarding a missing child.
They learned from the girl’s mother that Madison had possibly been missing since about 7 a.m.
The Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies spent most of the day searching the area for the girl, using drones, scent-finding K-9s and ATVs.
Search parties located her in a pond behind the property just after 4 p.m. She was pronounced dead by Smith County Justice of the Peace Judge James Meredith.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Larry Christian said Sunday the investigation was ongoing.