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FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- It's as mysterious as it is heartbreaking.

A little girl went to bed like she does every night, but this time, she didn't wake up. Shock and anguish swept over a Fairfield Township family Thursday morning when 9-year-old Emmalee Kaufman was found in her bed by her father.

Everyone who knows about the tragedy wants to know what happened. Kaufman was described as a girl who loved life and always wore a smile.

It was on Pawnee Court where Emmalee enjoyed a normal life. Fairfield Twp. police said her father, Jason Kaufman, went into her room Thursday morning to help get her ready for school. The cause of her death remains a puzzle for the community.

"9-years-old is a very robust age," Police Chief Matt Fruchey told 9 On Your Side's Jay Warren. "It's quite a mystery at this point."

The Butler County Coroner's Office said Friday that cause of the girl's death is pending investigation.

According to Fruchey, police expect no foul play in Emmalee's death.

The Kaufman family attends Community Christian Church, where Pastor Scott Swelbar said there are no easy answers.

"We're just providing as much love and support and comfort as we can," he told Warren.

Emmalee was a fourth grader at North Elementary School. Her principal sent letters home to parents.

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