Hide-And-Seek Death: 10-Year-Old Phoenix Girl Found Dead In Trunk (VIDEO)

07/14/2011 01:51 pm ET | Updated Sep 13, 2011

A 10-year-old girl in Phoenix, Ariz. died this week in a storage locker she was using as a hiding place while playing hide-and-seek, according to The Arizona Republic.

The New York Daily News reports that family members performed CPR on the girl when they found her body on Tuesday morning. She was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived.

Authorities say it appeared the South Phoenix girl used the foot locker for the game Monday night with neighborhood children and some cousins. They say she possibly died of positional asphyxiation, suffocation or was somehow overcome and passed out inside the container.

"It just appears to be a tragic accident." Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department told Reuters. "There were no signs of foul play."

Sgt. Crump told The Arizona Republic that authorities are waiting for the results of an autopsy.

KPNX-TV 12 News reports that the young girl, who had been known to find creative places to hide while playing hide and seek, had previously hid in a dryer and a barbecue unit.

In 1999, a two-year-old in Pennsylvania died of heat exposure while hiding in a car during a game of hide-and-seek.

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