Its Been Three Weeks Since Aliayah Lunsford Went Missing … Investigators Say, “It’s Hard To Believe She Could Still Be Alive”
Aliayah Lunsford Still Missing …
It has been three weeks since 3 year old Aliayah Lunsford went missing. The mother of missing Aliayah Lunsford, Lena Lunsford, told police she’d checked on her daughter around 6:30 AM Saturday, then discovered her missing three hours later. Numerous searches have failed to produce any solid clues or missing Aliayah Lunsford.
In a press conference Friday night, 10/14/11, investigators said that it’s hard to believe this little girl could still be alive. They also went on to say that one than one person could be involved in Aliayah Lunsford’s disappearance as it was either a murder, a conceivable or an abduction. However, they also said that parents in the area have no reason to fear it might happen again to one of their own. Hmm? So why would investigators think there was an abduction, but no one else should fear for their children? Why would this family have been the only target or do investigators suspect the crime was committed by a family member?
Members of the FBI, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department and the Weston Detachment of WVSP are looking over various surveillance videos, trying to piece together Aliayah’s disappearance.
No one will say whether or not Aliayah sis seen in these videos or where they’re from.
Investigators say it’s helped them narrow down the persons of interest list, and confirms the thoughts that it’s either a murder, a concealment or an abduction.
One or more people may be involved in her disappearance and they could face a variety of charges.
The FBI says that there is limited hope that Aliayah Lunsford is still alive.
But now, almost three weeks into the search for Aliayah, the FBI has its doubts.
“We’re operating under the assumption that there’s limited hope she’s alive,” Special Agent Jeff Killeen said.
The investigative team includes federal, state and county law enforcement. Killeen said investigators are working 13 hours every day. The team is using enhancement technology to analyze videos and pictures taken from homes and businesses in south Weston, Killeen said.
Investigators still consider kidnapping, concealment or homicide the three main scenarios explaining what happened to Aliayah, Killeen said. He said they are dealing with both state and federal crimes. But parents in the area have no reason to fear it might happen again to one of their own, he added.
The family released a VIDEO of baby Aliayah in hopes of keeping the case visible and in the spot light.
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The search continues for missing Aliayah Lunsford …
3 year old Aliayah Lunsford has been missing since September 24, 2011 in Weston, West Virginia. The mother of the missing 3 year old, Lena Lunsford, told police she’d checked on her daughter around 6:30 AM Saturday, then discovered her missing three hours later.
Aliayah Lunsford is about 3 feet tall and 35 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Her ears are pierced and she is missing her top four front teeth. She was last seen in purple pajama bottoms and a pink sweatshirt.
Aliayah Lunsford disappeared from her home in Bendale, W.Va., Saturday morning, and hundreds of people have been helping local, state and federal authorities try to locate her.
FBI investigators have gone door to door. Dive teams have searched an underwater grid in the West Fork River. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which listed the missing child as “endangered missing” on its website, dispatched a member of Team Adam, retired investigators who advise local officers.
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Time line of searches for missing Aliayah Lunsford as authorities have searched on land and in the water.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: Aliayah Lunsford
UPDATE I: The West Virginia Dept. of Health and Human Resources removed the children living in the Lunsford home on Dennison street at 9 p.m.
Lena Lunsford hired Charleston attorney Tom Smith on Friday.
If you have any information about missing Aliayah Lunsford, please call 911 or the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at 304-269-8251.
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