The body of missing Mint Hill teen Kayla Campbell was recovered from a pond near Mint Hill approximately 12:15 am Thursday.

The pond, on Sable-Cap Road, is where her bicycle, helmet, and cell phone were found earlier. Investigator’s accepted a local contractor’s offer to drain the pond, installing four pumps on Wednesday, December 12.

The cause of death is still being determined and investigators are still working to find out what happened.

Ten extra counselors were on hand at Independence High School, where Kayla was a student, to help students grieve.

Anyone with information about Campbell, or who could have seen her Sunday, is asked to call the Mint Hill Police Department at 704-545-1085.

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The search continues for 16-year-old Kayla Campbell, the Independence High student who has been missing since Sunday evening, and now the FBI is involved, conducting a search of Kayla’s social media accounts.

According to her grandfather, her bicycle, helmet, and cell phone were found near the pond that was searched near Pumpkin Way Drive.

According to family, Kayla left her home on Dartmoor Place, near the pond, around 2:30 pm Sunday, and when she had not returned by 6 pm, after planning to be back by 5 pm, she was reported missing.

Mint Hill police lieutenant J.K. Rowell is reported as saying the search of the pond turned up no evidence of Kayla, and that there is no reason to suspect abduction at this point.

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Winston-Salem Journal:

Original story:

Monday morning, December 10, Mint Hill Police and Fire Department searched a pond near Pumpkin Way Drive.

The search may be in connection to the search for Kayla Campbell, a 16-year-old girl who was reported missing the night before, and about whom Mint Hill Police Department issued an advisory about earlier Monday morning.

Anyone with information regarding Campbell should contact Mint Hill Police at (704) 847-5555.

Mint Hill PD Seek Missing Teen (WCNC):

Police, fire units search Mint Hill pond (Observer):