Monday, September 26, 2011

Search for Alilah Continues

WESTON, W.Va. — Authorities continued to search Monday for a 3-year-old girl who went missing from her Lewis County home over the weekend.
Police say Aliayah Lunsford's family reported her missing from her Bendale home just 150 yards from the West Fork River on Saturday morning. Her mother, Lena Lunsford, told WDTV-TV ( that she went to wake the child at 9:30 a.m., and she was gone.
Lena Lunsford's last contact with her daughter had been about three hours earlier, said State Police Sgt. C.M. Alton. Other siblings were in the home at the time, and authorities said the family is cooperating with investigators.
"Right now there are no clues leading us anywhere," said Sgt. Mike Posey of the Lewis County Sheriff's Department. "No clues."
About 300 people helped authorities search the area near the home, and a K-9 unit led them to the river. Dive teams searched it Saturday and Sunday.
Police say Aliayah is about 3 feet tall, weighs about 30 pounds and has long brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing purple Dora pajama bottoms and a pink sweatshirt when she was last seen. She is missing four front teeth and was not wearing shoes.
Relatives said she is shy and doesn't speak to strangers.
"She never leaves the house unless an adult is with her," said grandmother Joann Evans. "She wouldn't have come out in the yard, or the road for that matter, without her mother."
Alton said it's too soon to say whether the child wandered off or was taken.
"We've all got our own senses about it, but at this point, it's just like she vanished out of midair," he said.

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