An autopsy in New Zealand suggests that the two-year-old missing Irish girl Aisling Symes drowned.
Police found her body in a drain close to where she disappeared in Auckland.
Her parents, Irish man Alan Symes and mother Angela are devastated as their child's body had lain undiscovered for a week.
Lead police inspector Gary Davey said Aisling’s death was “consistent with drowning” but would not comment further.
Davey said: “Aisling's death is devastating for her family and for everyone who knew and loved her. Police, along with other members of the community, are also deeply saddened.”
Aisling's mother Angela had reported her daughter missing on Monday Oct. 5.
The last confirmed sighting of the child had been last Monday at 5 p.m. (5 a.m. EST) with an unknown Asian woman who was walking a dog.
Police said that woman had not been found.
“The loss of Aisling is unbearable,” said David Ball, a brother of Aisling's mother Angela.
“It's hard to imagine life without her infectious smiles and her lovely nature.”
"Our hearts go out to the families in New Zealand and internationally to parents and families who have lost someone without knowing where they are and they are still missing.''