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Remy Noel, father of Chelsea Noel, 4, grieves at the site where Chelsea was found late Sunday night, Dec. 3, 2017 in Port St. Lucie. WILL GREENLEE/TCPALM

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PORT ST. LUCIE — Remy Noel wailed as he squatted by a retention pond Monday morning, where hours earlier his 4-year-old daughter’s body was found.

“I love you, I love you, I love you, Chelsea,” Noel said before gesturing to the small body of water near Interstate 95 and Becker Road.

The emotional moment happened about two blocks from Remy Noel’s home on Southwest Keats Street. Port St. Lucie police went there about 9:50 p.m. Saturday, after family members reported Chelsea Noel walked out the door.

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A large search effort — including dogs, a helicopter, dozens of community volunteers and drones — began. Chelsea's body was found about 11 p.m. Sunday, and was removed from the pond early Monday morning.

“I want to say thanks to everybody for their outpouring of support. It was overwhelming,” Remy Noel said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more. I believe they did everything. People come from everywhere, Vero Beach, Palm Beach, here in Port St. Lucie, everywhere.”

Rhona Mentis comforted Remy Noel as he grieved at the pond. Mentis said Chelsea Noel’s mother does her hair and she considers her like a sister.

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Mentis described Chelsea Noel as “a bubbly, fun-loving, sweet little girl.”

“She love to kiss you,” Mentis said. “When she kisses her mom, she has to kiss her mom’s face; she just love her mom.”

Mentis said Chelsea also loved her brother, who is 18 years older.

“She was a princess, she was an angel, she was loving,” Mentis said.

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Mentis said Chelsea loved light. She said there was a bright moon and thought Chelsea might have been drawn to the pond because of the moon reflecting on the water.

Master Sgt. Frank Sabol, Port St. Lucie police spokesman, said Chelsea "didn't talk and wouldn't necessarily respond to her name. She spent her life inside a house" and had autism.

The FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Martin County Sheriff's Office helped with the search that went door to door and looked through vacant lots and ponds and a canal south of Chelsea's home.

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Standing at the pond, Georgie Joseph, Chelsea’s uncle, said she was an energetic, playful girl. He struggled to understand how this could happen.

“I just love her,” Joseph said. “Every time she see me, she hug me, call me uncle.”

"It is a tremendous tragedy," Police Chief John Bolduc said after informing her parents. "The family is very distraught ... It is the biggest tragedy I can think of."

Mentis said Chelsea communicated by pointing, and loved people and to play. Mentis said when Chelsea walked in the house, she arranged everything.

“She took all the cushions from the chair, she put them back a certain way … she just liked to organize things,” Mentis said. “I said, ‘Chelsea you are going to be a great designer.’”

Remy Noel said his daughter always hugged him after work.

“It’s all in God’s hands,” he said.

Sabol said surveillance video in the area showed Chelsea leave the home, and within 40 seconds, her father came out of their home.

“I don’t think they did anything wrong. I just think through the course of life, situations will happen and this just turned out to be a tragic situation,” Sabol said.

“It seems like they were excellent parents and they did everything they could for her.”

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