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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Girl Found Dead After Beer Break

A 4-year-old girl whose father left her alone in an unlocked car while he was buying beer has been found dead after the car was stolen.

Kamchatka police discovered the girl's body on the shores of a lake outside Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky early Sunday, hours after the stolen car was found. Prosecutors have opened a murder investigation, Interfax reported Monday.

The father, who has not been identified, told investigators that he left his daughter in the back seat of his Nissan and the keys in the ignition while he went inside a store to buy beer, RIA-Novosti reported. He returned to find the car gone. The girl's mother, who reported the incident to police, was at work at the time.

Police found the car on the banks of Lake Medvezhye and the girl's body several hundred meters away, RIA-Novosti reported.

Prosecutors said that although they had opened a murder investigation, there was no sign that the girl had been murdered. "But there were several cuts and bites, presumably from dogs," the Kamchatka regional prosecutor's office said in a statement, Interfax reported.

Investigators said the girl might have died of hypothermia.