Georgia Missing Toddlers

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Authorities hope autopsies will yield some clues about how two toddlers died in east Georgia.

Three-year-old Jonah Payne and his two-year-old sister, Nicole, were found a few hundred yards away from their home in rural Warren County Monday, in a sanitation pond.

Searchers did not see anything when they first scoured the area after their mother reported the children missing Saturday night. Georgia Bureau of Investigation John Bankhead says green algae covered the pond's surface.

The children's bodies have been sent to the GBI crime lab in Augusta for an autopsy. Bankhead says there were no outward signs of trauma and no reason to believe there was foul play, "at this time."

The children's mother, Lottie Kain, called authorities to report the toddlers vanished after she had gone into another room. She says she found the front door open and the children gone.

Warrenton Police Chief Jim McClain says it was at least the second time Saturday the children had gotten out of the house. Nicole figured out how to unlock the front door and gate and left with her brother about 4 p.m. A neighbor returned the children about 30 minutes later.