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LATE Toddlers & Tiaras star Kailia Posey was found dead in a state park a short distance from her family home on Monday afternoon, law enforcement told The US Sun.
The 16-year-old was pronounced dead in Birch Bay State Park, in Washington, at around 1.20pm yesterday, Washington State Patrol (WSP) Trooper Jacob Kennett confirmed.
Kennett said WSP was summoned to the park at 1.26pm to assist the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office with a “juvenile death investigation.”
Posey’s cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Police say they’re unable to release any further information at this time citing an ongoing investigation.
Earlier reports suggested that Posey had been involved in a car accident in Las Vegas. While confirming that Posey died in her home state of Washington, Kennett said he was unable to comment on whether or not a vehicle was involved in her death.
Posey celebrated her 16th birthday on April 19, just weeks before her tragic passing.
Birch Bay State Park is a 30-minute drive away from her family’s home in Lynden.
It’s unclear whether Posey was alone at her time of death.
A spokesperson for the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the matter, telling The US Sun: “We are not releasing any information about that because it’s an active investigation.”
News of Posey’s passing was first shared by her mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, who took to Facebook early Monday morning to write: “‘I don’t have words or any thoughts. A beautiful baby girl is gone.
“Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever.”
Posey starred in the TLC hit series Toddlers & Tiaras alongside her mother for seven seasons between 2009 and 2013. The show chronicled the lives of families whose children competed in beauty pageants.
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