1. Statement Analysis showed concern.
2. Body language showed incongruity between words and head shaking.
3. Mother has not appeared in public nor has made any pleas.
4. the 2 hour "search" appeared like alibi building.
5. Police have said so little at the daily press conferences. They have likely known all along but did not want to hasten the mother into hiring an attorney and impeding progress.
Law enforcement searching will have acute increase in tension as they believe that the mother is withholding the information. As each day passes, anger will grow. Local Attorney, Tom Dyer, was right when he said that if the subject turned herself in, she would be treated more favorably than if she lets this drag on and on.
Given her criminal background, and the neglect suspicion of a 3 year old missing 4 teeth, and so on, it appears that Aliayah has met foul play, and her mother is in need of an attorney. Add in to this the opinion of locals who have spoken about drugs and violence, and a frightening portrait has emerged.
We had expected an arrest shortly after the mother gives birth, but now that she has a defense attorney, we may not see an arrest. We do hope, however, that this attorney will follow what was said earlier in the week: that the location of Aliayah will be given.
Why has the family not released a picture of Aliayah more recent than last Christmas?
Why, when speaking of the child, did her aunt reference Christmas, which was almost a year ago?
When was the last time someone outside the family saw Aliayah?
Child Protective Services have reportedly removed the other children from Lena Lunsford, and may have been informed by police of a pending, or hopeful arrest.
Attorney Tom Smith, of Charleston has been retained. It does not appear that the original strategy offered personally from a prominent attorney earlier this week, has been followed. It was hoped that Lena would call him, give up the location of Aliayah, and turn herself in.
We can only hope that this will not be a case similar to Kyron Horman where the step mother, Terri Horman, quickly lawyered up after failing a polygraph, and remained silent. Horman has steadfastly refused to give up the location of 7 year old Kyron's remains. Emboldened by the lack of success, perhaps Lena Lunsford will not yield to heavy questioning about what happened to little Aliayah. We may place our hopes in the step father. Where there are two who know what happened, there is often a pressure upon the relationship to not only remain silent, but to stay together for life, tied together by the bond of a terrible secret; a bond many believe turns to poison over time.
Search teams have been reduced to only professionals in order to make sure that no information leaks out. This means that police believe she is dead, and do not want the crime scene description to become public knowledge.
Police likely knew, from day one, what they were dealing with. Lena claimed to have "searched" for her child for 2 hours, running out of gas, but buying cigarettes. When a neighbor said he was outside during the "search", he said that no one asked him, "have you seen our 3 year old baby?" raising more suspicion that the child has been long dead.
"We want her home" is not something we expect a mother to say who is not sitting with the child's father. For an innocent mother, nothing is more highly personal than her missing child. We expected to hear her say emphatically, "I" want her home. Yet, while she spoke, she looked away and shook her head, "no" as her body appeared to belie her words. Note at the end of the interview that we do not see a mother being sincere, but deceptive. When someone is deceptive, or has done something that provokes guilt, research tells us that they use "we" more than "I" with the feeling of 'spreading out' the guilt, making it less severe. When a mother speaks of her child, it is highly personal and "I" is used most readily.