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RE: Aliayah Lunsford, 3, West Va. missing - Lady Cop - 09-30-2011 12:57 PM
all i get is a registration form.
RE: Aliayah Lunsford, 3, West Va. missing - Jezreel - 09-30-2011 01:06 PM
Yeah looks like you have to be registered to read some articles
RE: Aliayah Lunsford, 3, West Va. missing - CKS - 09-30-2011 04:22 PM
Someone on JusticeQuest posted the whole article for all to see, so I am pasting it here in case the link doesn't work:
FBI tight-lipped about search for missing girl
Friday, September 30, 2011 6:35 AM CDT
WESTON — Members of the FBI’s Evidence Response team donned thin white coveralls and took photographs in the back yard of a Dennison Street home Wednesday morning.
Yet if the mysterious disappearance of 3-year-old Aliayah Lunsford had turned from a search into an investigation, FBI leaders were staying away from making a public statement on it.
In fact, they insisted they remained focused on getting the girl back to her family.
“There are many possibilities here,” said Jeffrey Killeen, supervisory special agent and chief division counsel for the FBI. “Is the child someplace where someone is feeding or clothing her? We don’t know. We’re still trying to locate her. Again, we’re still very hopeful that we can find her. Time is going by and it’s getting critical. We want to find her. We want to find where she is as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, late Wednesday, law enforcement officials were at the site of a pond near a casting factory off U.S. 19 between Weston and Bendale. It appeared they were draining the pond while searchers in a rowboat tried to peer into the water.
“It’s being drained. That’s about all I can say. We are looking at the pond. But we also have our search and rescue teams out,” Killeen said around 8:30 p.m. “It’s one of many facets. ... We’re pursuing everything possible with the emphasis of finding this child.”
Mike Rodriguez, special agent in charge of the FBI in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, indicated it’s too early to shift from a missing person case.
“It really is too soon to tell,” Rodriguez said during a press conference Wednesday in a parking lot of nearby Lewis County High School.
“Investigative steps are being taken, and of course we’re combing the area,” Rodriguez said. “We have so many supporters. We have Mountaineer Search and Rescue walking (the area). Everybody’s just lending a hand and doing the right thing.
“It’s too soon to tell whether this is a crime scene or not. We don’t have any indication of foul play at this moment,” he said, stressing those last three words. “We’re just following every lead, following every tip, every piece of evidence that we find to see if we can find this child.”
Killeen said they “don’t really have what we’d call a suspect at this point in time.”
“We have a missing child. This is a child of tender years, only 3 years old,” he said. “This is one of our most vulnerable people in our society. We have to do everything possible from a law enforcement perspective, from a rescue perspective … for this child.”
Lunsford was reported missing Saturday.
Previous interviews with local law enforcement revealed that Lunsford lived in the Bendale community with her mother, who is eight months pregnant with twins, and four siblings, ages 9 months to 11 years.
Volunteers and authorities searched throughout the day Tuesday, and then all the way through the night and into the day again Wednesday.
Lewis Sheriff Mike Gissy said the child’s age, weight and other factors played into the decision for the around-the-clock search.
“We thought that was a necessity to continue that ... throughout the daytime into nighttime,” Gissy said. “That’s a little unusual, but it was something we wanted to do to say we exerted our entire effort.”
There continued to be no shortage of volunteers. But, food was running low at the Bendale United Methodist Church, which had been established as a home base for operations.
John Hambrick, FBI supervisory senior resident agent based in Clarksburg, said law enforcement spent much time Tuesday “looking at where we’d been and gathering specific areas that we want to refocus on. We’re following all the leads. In some cases, we’re going back and re-addressing leads. It’s a very methodical approach.”
Hambrick repeatedly declined to talk about specifics of the investigation, including even what technology was being used.
But he did offer two interesting comments.
“As the information comes in, as leads come in, as we continue to fill in the gaps and paint the picture on the matter, we make progress,” he said at one point.
And he also said the following not long before the Evidence Response team was seen at work outside the home and on a vehicle parked in the back yard, just off Armory Street.
“I’m not discussing (specifics of Wednesday’s efforts) at this time,” Hambrick said. “Some of it will be painfully obvious to you. It is important to the investigation, to the purity of the investigation, that we not conduct it in the public forum. I will get you every bit of information that I can possibly get you, and yet I don’t want to taint the investigative effort.”
Gissy indicated the volunteers are a long way from done.
“I think they’ve done excellent up to this time,” the sheriff said. “And from what I’m able to gather from them, we have a lot of hours left in us.”
RE: Aliayah Lunsford, 3, West Va. missing - Lady Cop - 09-30-2011 07:01 PM
September 30, 2011; 06:57 PM
WESTON -- Seven days have gone by without locating Aliayah Lunsford, 3. And with the Friday weather cool-down, the search is turning desperate.
"That's a long time for a child to survive in this kind of environment without food, water and shelter and exposed to the elements," FBI Special Agent Jeff Killeen said.
Volunteer search and rescue crews and K-9 units re-combed the West Fork River and its banks Friday. The FBI said law enforcement is surveying the area separately, looking for any clues or evidence.
But the question of what happened to Aliayah remains and the possibility of eventual charges is becoming more probable.
"There's going to be some type of consequence. In all likelihood it's going to be a criminal consequence," Defense Attorney Tom Dyer said. Law enforcement sought legal advice from Lewis County Prosecutor Gary Morris Friday and briefed him on the case.
Defense Attorney Tom Dyer has offered his services for free to anyone who comes forward with information on Aliayah's whereabouts. He said coming forward is in the best interest of a potential perpetrator.
"If you come in now, you are certainly going to be treated more favorably than if this thing continues to drag on and on," Dyer said.
"Surely someone must know something. A person doesn't just vanish out of thin air like this," Killeen said.
Still, the community and all the volunteers, wait and hope that she will be brought home safely.
The FBI said its volunteers are "exhausted," and new volunteers are welcome this weekend.
If you have any information about Aliayah, please call 911 or the Lewis County Sheriff's Office at 304-269-8251.
RE: Aliayah Lunsford, 3, West Va. missing - Cheyne - 09-30-2011 08:49 PM
Aliayah Lunsford's mother and 9-year-old sister told police they saw the girl around 6 a.m. Saturday in a bedroom in their home in Weston, West Virginia, located between Charleston and Morgantown. The mother said she returned about three hours later to see the girl -- who had been sick the night before -- and take her temperature, but Aliayah wasn't there, Lewis County Sheriff's Lt. David Parks said Monday.
Did the 9 year old sister actually see Aliayah when she left that bedroom and went to her mother's room at 6 am, or did she she a lump under the covers that her mother said (or she assumed) was Aliayah?
Mother is 8 months pregnant with twins, so I would assume her mobility is limited to some extent. The neighbor has stated he didn't see any activity around the house that morning, so if the mother (or stepfather) dumped Aliayah's body, it would've had to have been before 6 am when stepdad was picked-up for work.
Aliayah was brought home at 9 pm the evening before she went missing because she had "soiled" herself. My guess is that Aliayah was killed sometime that night/early morning and removed from the house at that point.
RE: Aliayah Lunsford, 3, West Va. missing - Lady Cop - 09-30-2011 08:53 PM
scanner chatter at facebook says LE and Child Protective services are at the lunsford's house.
RE: Aliayah Lunsford, 3, West Va. missing - Jezreel - 09-30-2011 08:56 PM
According to the rumor mill people are listening to the scanners and the LE and DHHR are at the house on Dennison street, oh I hope there has been some development, I wish I could get the scanner ob my phone
RE: Aliayah Lunsford, 3, West Va. missing - HopeDiamond88 - 09-30-2011 10:23 PM
Scanner folks in Weston confirmed that all siblings of Aliayah were removed from the home of the Lunsfords this evening. The parents were not taken into custody........ yet.
RE: Aliayah Lunsford, 3, West Va. missing - pplrcrazy - 09-30-2011 11:01 PM
I go to Wv alot actually, its a long drive for me but I have been going since I was a child because I have tons of my family there. Its actually a great place to raise children and EVERYONE knows EVERYONE, good or bad.. My cousin doesn't live far from this location so Im going to check in with her and see if she knows anything... I can tell you MOST people are not like this in WV, she is just trash.. Most people are very friendly,giving and welcoming.... I also know that right now this time of year up there in those mountains its cold as crap.. I went just a few weeks ago and I was freezing at night at my little cousins football game.. I hope to god this little girl is ok...
RE: Aliayah Lunsford, 3, West Va. missing - pplrcrazy - 09-30-2011 11:33 PM
POSTED ON THE RUMOR MILL 35 MINS AGO!
"The Rumor Mill has gained attention over the past several days, as you can tell by the number of "Likes." This has given the me the unique opportunity to get a little bit of confirmation on things from a local official. Deal is, I can't tell you who this person is. We shall simply call them a confidential informant. If you don't like the information, I'm sorry. It's the best I've got. I will... not share their name, I will not compromise their integrity, so don't bother speculating or bugging the ever loving shit out of me about it. Ain't gonna work. You want info, you deal with the secrecy a bit. So, here we go. I can CONFIRM for certain that DHHR was at the house, but I don't know about any arrests or whether the children are going to foster care. We basically knew this from the scanner. I can CONFIRM that part of the reason that volunteers are not being used is that there is an area being considered a crime scene, as well as poor weather conditions. Safety is paramount. Professionals will continue to search, but no volunteers allowed in what is now being considered a crime scene."
RE: Aliayah Lunsford, 3, West Va. missing - Lady Cop - 10-01-2011 02:12 PM
this is day 7.
this is the first case of a missing child that i have ever with seen NO reward offered for information leading to recovery.
that in itself speaks to me about what the FBI believes.
RE: Aliayah Lunsford, 3, West Va. missing - CKS - 10-01-2011 08:21 PM
Mom has lawyered up, as of last night. Here is a link the story in MSM outlet WBOY. It's the second update on the page.
Lena Lunsford hired Charleston attorney Tom Smith Friday.
RE: Aliayah Lunsford, 3, West Va. missing - Fibonacci Prima - 10-01-2011 08:25 PM
Of course she has. She needs to woman up, and tell where she dumped her daughter now. *sigh*
RE: Aliayah Lunsford, 3, West Va. missing - Lady Cop - 10-01-2011 08:26 PM
thanks! that says a lot. he's not the one who offered free legal representation to someone who knew where child is. very interesting!! and of course this hillbilly druggie bitch will plead her pregnant belly to get sympathy.
we should hear of body recovery very soon now if the lawyer does the decent thing.
WESTON -- UPDATE Saturday 8:00 p.m.
The W.Va. Dept. of Health and Human Resources removed the children living in the Lunsford home on Dennison street at 9 p.m. Friday, county officials said. They did not give a reason.
Search teams are now only comprised of law enforcement and other professionals in order to protect the integrity of the investigation, officials said. Volunteers can organize on their own, but can only search private land with the owners' permission. If they do need more volunteers in the future, officials said they will alert the public.
Lena Lunsford hired Charleston attorney Tom Smith Friday.