FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The 9-year-old Indiana girl who went missing two days before Christmas was found dead yesterday and the man who was watching her when she vanished has been charged with her murder.
Because Aliahna Lemmon’s mother was sick with the flu and her father worked nights, she and her two younger sisters were being watched by a neighbor, 39-year-old Mike Plumadore, at the rundown trailer park where they all lived.
Plumadore stated when he woke up around 10 a.m. Friday morning, he found his door was unlocked and that Aliahna was gone. According to him, her sisters said Aliahna had left with her mother. No one realized this wasn’t the case until her mother called Plumadore at around 8:30 p.m that evening. Plumadore’s story didn’t wash with police.
“The story just didn’t make sense to our investigators or to me when I first heard it,” Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries said. “I thought this is the guy we needed to focus on. If we are going to find her, he’s going to be the one who has the answers for us.”
He was right. Plumadore was questioned by police on Friday, Saturday and for several hours Monday. That last interview ended with Plumadore being charged with murder after telling investigators where the girl’s body could be found. A cause of death and a motive have not been disclosed at this point.
Interesting to note is the fact that 15 registered sex offenders live in this trailer park that only contains about two dozen mobile homes. Plumadore is not listed as one of the 15, but he does have past convictions for trespassing and assault.
I don’t have my calculator on me, but I think any children living in that community have a higher probability of making it to their teens if they were raised by a pack of wild dogs.Tags: Aliahna Lemmon, babysitter, Child Murder, Crime, Indiana, Mike Plumadore