April 12th, 2010
05:36 AM ET

Search continues for missing Florida girl, 11

Three days after her parents found her abandoned bike - with her helmet hanging from the handlebars - Nadia Bloom's disappearance continues to baffle Florida authorities.

The 11-year-old girl went missing Friday afternoon from a cul-de-sac in the gated Barrington Estates community in Winter Springs, police said.

Her bike was in an upright position. There were no signs of struggle.  For now, authorities do not suspect foul play in her disappearance.

Her parents believe Nadia, who is mildly autistic, may have wandered off while snapping pictures with her new camera - and gotten lost.

The 5-foot-tall, 85-pound, brown hair and brown-eyed girl was wearing an orange shirt, blue shorts and a black backpack with a horse on the back.

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  1. scarfyrre

    The article doesn't say how autistic Nadia is. Asperger's Syndrome is on the Autism spectrum, and as a parent with a child that has AS, I allow him to go off and ride his bike or play with his friends. Nadia may have AS and the press is calling it mild autism.

    All children deserve and need freedom. How else will they learn if helicopter parents are always hovering?

    April 12, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    I must agree with "LEARN ABOUT THE CAUSE". If the child is slightly autistic she should have been supervised while riding her bike. However, the important thing now is find the girl and get her home safely.

    April 12, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Woody

    "This on the internet: An autistic child has poor judgment and is therefore always at risk for danger. For instance, an autistic child may run into a busy street without any sign of fear." ... You can't believe everything on the internet. Not all autistic children are like this, and the generalization that "even a slightly autistic child should never be allowed that kind of freedom" simply shows a common lack of understanding of what autism is. I know autistic children who are much more responsible and sensible than their "normal" peers.

    April 12, 2010 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. scribe3s

    I certainly hope she got "lost", or m,ore appropriately, "confused" while taking pictures. Parents need to start assuming responsibility for their children, not expecting this kind of attention to help them when they fail. Again, I hope she is safe and well, but as we all know deep down inside, Florida is home to a very real breed of individual, a breed which preys on, and eats, children. Please don't be deceived and allow the media to down-play this child's missing status: most likely scenario is not good, poor, really, with every sick SOB watching over their shoulder because they know law enforcement is watching them.

    There is NO rehabilitation, only execution.

    April 12, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. OtherKevin

    You need to learn more about Autism before you speak. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that there are varying degrees of Autism across a wide spectrum. Some people are high functioning Autistic and are largely indistinguishable from the rest of society. There are also cases like Asperger's where the primary issue is that they have difficulty interpreting people's emotional states, reading body language, etc. Then you have people with more severe cases like that portrayed in the movie "Rain Main." There are some people with such severe Autism that they can barely function, but there are literally tens of thousands of "mildly autistic" people who you would never recognize as autistic if you met them and have successful careers and families.

    April 12, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pamela

    Apparently you do not have an autistic child. like this lady, I have an atyipical autistic son. he is a very high functional autistic child, he has a twin who has no symptoms of autism. Yet he is allowed to ride his bike in front of our road on a dead in. he does not get out of site from our home... he knows where he can and can not ride.

    even though he knows and follows the rules its easy for him to get distracted. I know where he is every min. but that does not mean I can see him every min.. he may ride up the hill, to come down fast, but, i can hear him,

    Before you say I'm a bad mother, and i come through your screen.... we are the ones with the mildly autistic child, we set the boundries, we watch and listen constantly.....

    DO NOT JUDGE this family, instead of putting the Mother down 1st, why did you not just ask everyone to remember this family in their prayers, offer money to help search, or go to join the search. rather than focus on finding the child, you choose to judge the parents

    April 12, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lance

    So, where is a photo of the girl? Maybe someone on these boards will recognize her. C'mon CNN, help us to help her.

    April 12, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. FLP

    If i am to understand some of the postings correctly, we parents are to lock up our children because of the big bad wolf out there and God forbid that they have some developmental challenges, we should also throw away the key.
    ALL PARENTS (whether with or without children with challenges), have a duty of care to their children. It is our responsibility to keep them safe but we also have a responsibility to help and guide them into fully functional adults because we will not always be there. In that vein, we must let our children some degree of freedom. Children are taken from their bedrooms whilst they sleep (Do you blame the parents then too), or from schools, etc. Bad things happen even when we are as careful as we can be. The Bloom's do not deserve condemnation from what has been written as there is nothing in the article that makes them out as careless parents.
    I pray that Nadia is returned safe.

    April 12, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mark

    Thank you Lance,
    you restored my hope.
    We need to help these people not berate them!

    April 12, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. theresa

    I have a severely Autistic 13 year old son, and I think I would just DIE if something like this were to happen!! Please don't waste your energies on blaming the parents; many "typical" children go missing all of the time, but you don't see the same blame-game when those kids go missing!! Pray for this girl and her family; if you live in that vicinity, perhaps you could volunteer to help in the search? But PLEASE use your energy where it can actually be of some USE!!

    April 12, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rebotee

    This is a really sad story. I hope that the authorities find her soon.

    April 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. greenskulker

    Lost for 5 days...found by a fellow church member who just happened to look in the place where rescuers did not look, (as reported by CNN this morning). Then when she gets on the rescuers cell phone (coverage in deep swamps, they should advertise that) she says, and I quote "this is Nadia, I'm the girl that is lost". Wonder how she knew that.... In addition, if the girl could take a nature walk from her house and get lost for 5 days, how could such an area not get looked at except for this one guy?

    I smell somthing other than swamp gas on this one, and say that the church is in the business of manufacturing a miricle.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
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