Body of missing Mint Hill teen found in pond

Credit: Mint Hill Police Department

This is a recent photo of the missing 16-year-old, Kayla Campbell.

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 1:34 AM

MINT HILL, N.C.– Mint Hill authorities said they have found the body of a teen that went missing earlier this week.

Mint Hill police said they found the body of 16-year-old Kayla Campbell in a pond on Sable-Cap Road around 12:15 a.m. Thursday.

Her cause of death and the circumstances surrounding her death will be the focus of the investigation moving forward, Mint Hill police said in a statement.

Officials began draining the pond around 1 p.m. Wednesday hoping to find evidence leading to Campbell.

Renee Boger, Kayla's aunt said in reference to the search starting up once more, "It's very hard. We appreciate everything that everybody is doing, and the police are doing everything they can."

Wednesday afternoon, massive pumps were brought in to drain the pond. Some points of the pond, according to residents who live nearby, are as deep as 12 feet.

On Monday morning divers with Mint Hill police and the Charlotte Fire Department found the missing teen’s cell phone, bicycle and bike helmet.

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The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit joined other crews in the search Wednesday.

Rodney Benfield is a neighbor of the Campbell's. His family joined other Wednesday morning in a private search for Kayla.

"It's tough, because we personally knew her. My son kind of grew up with her, and they've been friends for a while."

The girl's father says his daughter was last seen at the family's home around 2:30 Sunday afternoon.

A seven to eight square mile radius between Bartlett, Glenn Croft and the Summerwood subdivisions, near Kayla's home, has been thoroughly searched, police said Tuesday.

Campbell and her family live about a quarter-mile from the pond.

Campbell's parents told NBC Charlotte that she suffers from depression.

Campbell attended Independence High School where there will be extra counselors on hand for students, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokesperson.

Also, students and staff will wear yellow ribbons on Friday in memory of Campbell.

The Charlotte Observer contributed to this report.

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