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Questions arise about responsibility for the death of an 8-year-old girl found in a pool pipe at a Houston hotel

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — An investigation is underway after an eight-year-old girl drowned at a hotel in northwest Houston.

The child was reported missing on Saturday around 6 p.m

The Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department and EquuSearch were all called to locate the girl.

Ultimately it turned out that the girl had been pulled into a pipe underwater.

“This is one of the saddest cases we’ve seen in a long time,” said Tim Miller, founder of Texas EquuSearch.

When Tim Miller got the call that an 8-year-old girl had seemingly disappeared from the Double Tree Hotel in northwest Houston, he didn’t know what to think.

All he knew was that she was last seen swimming in the pool.

“Did she run away? Did someone take her or something? So anyway, we mobilized a lot of people. We had people actually searching outside and in different rooms and everything,” Miller said.

Miller said his team and HPD reviewed security footage of the pool area.

It showed that the little girl went under the water but did not resurface.

Miller said they attached Texas Department of Criminal Justice cameras to the ends of long poles and drained the pool so they could check the pipes.

“We stuck the poles in almost 20 feet and saw her little hand and part of her body, so we sent the fire department back there,” Miller said.

Miller explained that there was a malfunction and the child was pulled into that opening.

He said the opening should push water out, not in.

“She was so very, very trapped there. I don’t think she’s made up her mind, I’m going to swim in here and see what’s here,” Miller said.

Miller said the discovery was devastating to the entire search.

“A lot of us had to wipe tears from our eyes,” Miller said.

It took HFD and the rest of the team about 13 hours to break through and recover her body.

“I never in a million years thought it would end as badly as it did, so I don’t know, there’s a grieving family out there and it’s going to be a long, painful healing process with this one,” said Miller.

Eyewitness reporter Alex Bozarjian asked Miller if he believed anyone should be held accountable.

“I’m not a lawyer [any] means, but someone needs to be held 100% accountable,” Miller said.

HPD is investigating what happened here.

The hotel declined our request for comment but told ABC13 the pool was temporarily closed.

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