September 2, 2014

Body of missing 3-year-old found in canal

Northwest Wisconsin authorities are investigating the death of a three-year-old girl whose body was found in a canal late Wednesday afternoon. Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland says the body of Renna Williams was found about 25 yards from her home in a boat launching area.

The girl had been missing for about 24 hours, after reportedly wandering off on Tuesday. The disappearance prompted a major search with the Danbury Fire Department’s dive team discovering the body.

Roland says his officers will continue to investigate the death until it can be determined that a crime was not committed. He says the canal will be drained, in the hopes of finding evidence that could explain what may have happened. Meanwhile, an autopsy is scheduled.

Kurt Mayer-WXCE contributed to this report