Three year old Aliayah Lunsford was reported missing September 24th, 2011. Searches have continued day after day and still after more than two weeks she has not been found

Investigators on the case say they are following up on every lead they get but couldn’t be specific about what leads they had. The people out there volunteering their time to help in the search seem to be getting frustrated because of the lack of information they are given.

“People are making accusations and are starting to feud now. That’s not the way to be. We need to bring her home and every body needs to stick together,” said Lewis County resident Teresa Hathaway, who has helped in the search for Aliayah after her disappearance.

Hathaway and some of the others involved in the search are planning a balloon launch and a community march on October 24th which will mark the one month since the child was reported missing, if she hasn’t been found by then.

The FBI says they are considering this case as a crime though. They said they are looking into three possible situations. One as a homicide case, abduction or as a concealment. They say they are talking to several people but would not say if they have any suspects or who the people are that they are talking to.

Aliayah was reported missing from her bed by her mother who claims she last saw her daughter around 6:30 that morning. She said when she returned to check on the child around 9:30 she was gone. Lean Lunsford, the mother who is also pregnant with twins right now, said she got into her car and drove around looking for her daughter but finally gave up and called the police around 11 am to report it.

According to a neighbor living across the street from the Lunsford, Denzil McHenry, he was at home and in fact outside up until around 10 that morning and he claims, “I never heard anybody hollering or screaming, come outside looking for anybody. Nobody ever came to ask me if I’d seen her or seen anything or nothing.”

After some investigation the police have discovered that both Lena and her husband, Ralph Lunsford, Aliayah’s stepfather, have some questionable criminal backgrounds, one including an unlawful assault charge against Ralph from 2009. He allegedly took an axe and threatened his niece and broke out some of the windows in her car, according to a Weston Democrat reporter, John Wolfe.

Aliayah is described as a white female, who is only 3 years old. She is about 3 feet tall and she weighs about 35 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair. Her ears are pierced and four front teeth are missing. She was last seen in purple pajama bottoms and a pink sweatshirt.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department is asking that anyone with any information about what has happened to this little girl to please call 304-269-8245.

I pray this child is found alive and well somewhere but as each day goes the chances are lowered. Please God watch over this little angel and help lead her home or at least somewhere that she will be safe.

Jan Barrett

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