WESTON, W.Va. - A 3-year-old girl has been missing since Saturday and the outcome is not looking like it will be a good one.
Hundreds of volunteers have joined authorities in their search for 3-year-old Aliayah Lunsford, but after two days of looking, a sheriff’s department lieutenant said they “haven’t come up with anything.”
The girl was last seen by her mother and an older sister sleeping in her bed around 6:30 a.m., Saturday morning. When her mother went to take her temperature a few hours later, she was gone.
Aliayah’s stepfather had already been picked up and left for work so her mother jumped into her car and drove around looking for her daughter, running out of gas in the process. She called the police at around 11:30.
Since then police, along with K-9 units and hundreds of volunteers, have been looking for the girl. Divers are in nearby waters after a bloodhound detected Aliayah’s scent near a river located 150 yards from her home. The scent, however, could be three to seven days old.
Relatives and neighbors are being interviewed, some more than once, and polygraphs have been administered. Door to door searches were initiated and investigators say they have even checked with “just about every sex offender in the county,” all of them having alibis that do not place them anywhere near the girl’s residence at the time she went missing.
Police say there are no signs of forced entry in the home, which Aliayah shared with four other children, her mother Lena Lunsford, who is pregnant with twins, and her stepfather. The entire family is being cooperative according to authorities.
Aliayah is 3 feet talk 30 pounds and has long brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a purple Dora PJ bottoms and a pink sweatshirt. She is missing four front teeth and was not wearing shoes. If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Aliayah, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department is asking that please call 304-269-8245.
As some have pointed out, the photo they are using in the news right now looks like Aliayah modeled for her own missing person poster.Tags: Aliayah Lunsford, Crime, Missing Person, West Virginia