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« Reply #420 on: March 25, 2012, 10:54:07 PM »

http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&section=5-News&item=Report-Lena-Lunsford-Releases-New-Statement-Surrounding-Aliayahs-Disappearance1724
Report: Lena Lunsford Releases New Statement Surrounding Aliayah's Disappearance
March 23, 2012

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Attorney Mike Woelfel said Friday that Lena is convinced Aliayah didn't wander off on her own and wasn't taken by any blood relative. Woelfel tells The Associated Press that Lunsford doesn't know what happened or where her daughter is.

She is, however, divorcing husband Ralph.

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The FBI in Pittsburgh says it will hold a press briefing next week.

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« Reply #421 on: March 28, 2012, 09:16:52 PM »

FBI Holding Press Conference in Aliayah Lunsford Case

http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&section=5-News&item=FBI-Holding-Press-Conference-in-Aliayah-Lunsford-Case1842

The FBI will hold a press conference about the Aliayah Lunsford case Thursday morning. This is the first one since November.


The press conference will be at 10:00 in the morning.

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« Reply #422 on: March 28, 2012, 09:21:29 PM »

Thank you for the update, littleone
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« Reply #423 on: March 28, 2012, 10:38:25 PM »

Thank you for the update, littleone

You're welcome!! I hope that they have something positive to say! Alayah has been missing for too long!!
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« Reply #424 on: March 29, 2012, 10:42:39 AM »

Thank you for the update, littleone

You're welcome!! I hope that they have something positive to say! Alayah has been missing for too long!!

 
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« Reply #425 on: March 29, 2012, 11:40:09 AM »

http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&section=5-News&item=Lunsford-Press-Conference-Ends-with-No-New-Details1857

Lunsford Press Conference Ends with No New Details

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That poor little sad face just breaks my heart.
 
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« Reply #426 on: May 23, 2012, 02:34:10 PM »

Mom gets sentenced in welfare fraud:

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The mother of missing Lewis County three-year-old Aliayah Lunsford was sentenced Tuesday in Elkins to eight months in federal prison.

Lena Lunsford, 29, of Bendale, previously pleaded guilty to federal food stamp fraud. She sold her food stamp card.

U.S. Attorney Bill Ihlenfeld says the eight-month prison term is at the high end of the federal sentencing guidelines. He says U.S. District Judge John Bailey said anything less may not send the right message to Lunsford.

"Two months, which was the low end of the guideline range, would not be sufficient to cause Ms. Lunsford to learn to respect the law. So he felt the high end was more appropriate so he imposed that sentence," Ihlenfeld said.

Lunsford was caught by the FBI and State Police in a sting operation after they heard she may have been participating in illegal activity.

"It turns out she was and there was a controlled transaction that took place and it was recorded," Ihlenfeld said.

The money that changed hands was $115.

Ihlenfeld believes there's more food stamp fraud in West Virginia than most people are aware of.

'It's important that we enforce that because ultimately it's children that suffer," he said.

Ihlenfeld said again Tuesday the case is separate from the ongoing search for Lunsford’s daughter.

"The FBI continues to look into that, to receive information, to do their own investigation and will continue to do so," he said.

The young girl has been missing since last Sept.

Lena Lunsford will be on supervised release for one year after serving her eight-month sentence.

 

http://www.wvmetronews.com/news.cfm?func=displayfullstory&storyid=52855

Lena, where is Aliayah?   
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« Reply #427 on: June 02, 2012, 10:49:27 PM »

http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&section=5-News&item=Aliayah-Lunsford-8-Months-Missing3056
Aliayah Lunsford: 8 Months Missing
Created May 23, 2012, Last Updated May 24, 2012



Thursday marks eight months since Aliayah Lunsford was first reported missing from her Dennison Street home. Since that September day, no one has seen the girl and investigators haven't named a suspect in her disappearance.

Thousands have come and gone through Bendale offering to help search for the girl and do whatever was needed to bring her home. Even those who lived too far away, passed out flyers with her information at rest stops across the country. 

Some keep searching and praying while state and federal agencies attempt to figure out what happened. Investigators say they've looked into between 125 and 150 tips that the public has given them. They also have video evidence from businesses and homes. In the past, they said all of this allowed them to come up with a working theory but they won't elaborate on what they mean. Nor will they say who could be involved in their theory. They are looking at a small group of persons of interest. There's no word on if Aliayah's family members are part of this group. Although investigators say that they do not think any other kids are in danger, one mom we caught up with says the news still makes her immediately think of her kids.
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A candle lighting ceremony is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the State Road Garage in Bendale.
 
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« Reply #428 on: June 02, 2012, 10:53:57 PM »

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Aliayah Lunsford Missing Eight Months; Vigil Held in Bendale
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May 24, 2012

Members of the community were along side some family members of Aliayah Lunsford Thursday evening, showing their support in the effort to bring home the little girl.
 
Thursday marks eight months since she was first reported missing from her Bendale home in Lewis County. Folks held a candlelight vigil and a balloon launch to make sure she's not forgotten. They passed out purple wrist bands which say "Pray For Aliayah" and has the date she went missing, September 24, 2011
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"We wanted to make sure nobody forgets about her and to let her know that we're still here and we're not giving up. We'll be here until we bring her home," said Tina Smith, Aliayah's aunt.

Smith understands they can't release much but wishes authorities would at least say what they think happened to Aliayah.
 
"I know that they can't say a lot because jeopardizing the case but, we'd like to know if we're getting close to finding where she's at or something, just something," said Smith.
 
Aliayah's Army isn't showing any signs of slowing down their efforts, they plan on making an appearance in the Fourth of July Parade in Weston, and may have updated shirts printed in the near future.

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« Reply #429 on: June 25, 2012, 09:52:04 PM »

http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/aliayah-lunsford/view
ALIAYAH LUNSFORD
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« Reply #430 on: June 26, 2012, 01:41:49 PM »

MB - thanks for the FBI posters on Aliayah and Lisa.  It still ticks me off that Aliayah's is photoshopped to remove the bruise mark under her eye.   
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« Reply #431 on: June 26, 2012, 02:44:16 PM »

MB - thanks for the FBI posters on Aliayah and Lisa.  It still ticks me off that Aliayah's is photoshopped to remove the bruise mark under her eye.   


You're welcome flutter1.  I went through the list of  missing persons  on the FBI website and there are a number of cases we have threads for here at Scared Monkeys.  Among them (including Aliayah and Lisa), Adji Desir, Amir Jennings, Jaliek Rainwalker, Holly Bobo.  The list goes on.  I copied the page link of each individual case at the FBI website and posted it to the corresponding threads here at SM.  Some threads have had little activity in a long time. There is always hope they will be found.  an angelic monkey
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« Reply #432 on: June 26, 2012, 02:48:55 PM »

MB - thanks for the FBI posters on Aliayah and Lisa.  It still ticks me off that Aliayah's is photoshopped to remove the bruise mark under her eye.   
She is the saddest looking child I've ever seen, and in so many of the photos of her.  Even with the bruise removed, that picture seems to tell her life story. Poor little  an angelic monkey 
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« Reply #433 on: June 29, 2012, 03:44:41 PM »

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Mother of Missing Aliayah Lunsford Starts Fraud Sentence
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« Reply #434 on: June 30, 2012, 11:41:59 AM »

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I hope every one of the 6,000 hours she spends behind bars is pure hell for her.  I pray for a prison conversion for her, but realistically, I don't think it will happen.     
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« Reply #435 on: September 22, 2012, 01:42:20 PM »

http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/family-wants-answers-on-missing-w-va--year-old/article_d54e56ac-e9f8-5f7c-8970-f5eaa02904a2.html

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Attorney Mike Woelfel, who has represented Lena Lunsford in unrelated civil matters, has
said Lena doesn't
believe her daughter wandered off and has cooperated with investigators. She's also certain
"no blood relative of Aliayah knows what has happened to her," though Woelfel has never
elaborated.

Woelfel said he spoke to Lena Lunsford on Friday, and she told him she still believes
"Aliayah is out there, alive."
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Both parents have repeatedly refused to comment on Aliayah's disappearance, but in a
court proceeding, Ralph Lunsford acknowledged police had considered him a
person of interest and repeatedly questioned him in the case.
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After a year with no solid leads, Bowen is frustrated _ but she and a group of about 10 people
still search regularly for Aliayah.

"If we hear anything, anything at all, we're there. No matter how unbelievable it seems to us,
we go check it out," she said.

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« Reply #436 on: September 24, 2012, 02:25:49 PM »

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09/24/2012
'A Three Year Old Doesn't Vanish'

A year after she disappeared, an aunt of Aliayah Lunsford says she thinks the three year old from Lewis County is still alive.

If not, "There would be something that we'd find, something," Tina Smith said on Monday's MetroNews Talkline.  "But there's nothing.  I mean, absolutely nothing."

Aliayah was last seen, asleep in her family's home in Bendale, early on the morning on September 24th, 2011.  Several hours later, her mother, Lena, told investigators the girl had disappeared.

Since then, despite massive search efforts from law enforcement officers and volunteers and national attention for the case, there have been no signs of the girl.

"A three year old doesn't vanish like that," Smith said. 

She is a half sister of Lena Lunsford who was sentenced to time in prison, earlier this year, for unrelated welfare fraud charges.

"Like everybody else, we're left in the dark.  We need answers.  We need to know where she's at," Smith said of the ongoing search for her niece.

"I have theories of what has happened but, I mean, a little girl that's three years old just doesn't vanish out of thin air.  There's no trace.  There's no nothing."

Smith was going to be part of a vigil for Aliayah on Monday night at Lewis County Armory.  On Monday afternoon, a gathering for Aliayah was also held at the Lewis County Courthouse.
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« Reply #437 on: September 24, 2012, 02:34:22 PM »

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57518966-504083/relatives-continue-search-for-aliayah-lunsford-3-after-disappearance-a-year-ago-from-west-virginia-home/

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Relatives continue search for Aliayah Lunsford, 3, after disappearance a year ago from West Virginia home

(CBS/AP) MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Relatives are still searching for Aliayah Lunsford, the 3-year-old girl who disappeared a year ago Monday from her West Virginia home. With Aliayah's mother in prison, her stepfather lying low and her six siblings in state custody, great-aunt Vickie Bowen says it seems the world has forgotten her.

Lena Lunsford told police her daughter was in bed at 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2011, but then was missing when she checked a few hours later.

FBI investigators said they had a working theory about what happened and they don't believe an intruder took Aliayah, but the agency refused to provide additional details, including whether they think the child is still alive. They are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to her recovery or an arrest.
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Lewis County Sheriff's Deputy Lt. David Parks said Aliayah's disappearance is active and tips are still coming in, though relatives complain they've had no updates in months.

"If we hear anything, anything at all, we're there. No matter how unbelievable it seems to us, we go check it out," Bowen said. "There's no way we're going to give up. A child does not simply disappear."
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« Reply #438 on: September 27, 2012, 02:51:34 PM »

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1209/26/ijvm.01.html
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Faux Tears for Baby Gabriel?

Aired September 26, 2012 - 19:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL starts right now.

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Then, a beautiful 3-year-old girl vanishes without a trace from her West Virginia home. The little girl`s mom says the last time she saw the toddler she was in her bedroom. And when she checked on her hours later she was gone. So who took the child and why? Police remain tight-lipped. But will the secrets of the mother`s past shed light on this mystery? The little girl`s frustrated aunt joins me live tonight.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: Unbelievable. On the other side, an equally horrifying story involving a little girl who`s missing.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Around 9, 9:30 I went back in to wake her up, and she was gone.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A 3-year-old little girl dressed in Dora the Explorer pajamas disappears from her own crib.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That morning the mother checked on her at 6:30, the child went back to sleep. And at 9, 9:30 the child was missing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Search teams have turned this typically quiet neighborhood upside down in the hopes of bringing her home.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They are doing everything that they possibly can. But the more people we can get to help, the better chances of bringing her home.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: With no clues, search crews continue to look for three-year-old Aaliyah Lunsford who went missing from her Dennison home.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE Family members say Aaliyah is a shy child. They say she never talked to strangers and would never have wandered off alone.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She never leaves the house unless an adult is with her.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The main mission here is to try to rescue a child.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: While the search continues, investigators keep questioning Aaliyah`s family. A human remains dog was brought in, but it hinted at nothing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right now there`s no clues leading us anywhere. No clues. It`s just like she`s just disappeared.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We love her and we miss her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We want her home.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HLN HOST: Tonight, an adorable -- look at this precious toddler, missing and forgotten -- no, not by us. Three-year-old Aaliyah Lunsford vanished from her own home in West Virginia just about a year ago this week. She was last seen by her mother at 6:30 in the morning, says the mom, as she snuggled in bed feeling sick. Hours later and the mom says she goes back to check on the child and the little girl is nowhere to be found.

It`s a secret family members want to uncover. What happened to this child? Volunteers, local police and the FBI searched high and low for Aaliyah. They turned up absolutely nothing.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SGT. MICHAEL POSEY, LEWIS COUNTY SHERIFF`S DEPT: We did a full canvas of the neighborhood, used K-9; now we have divers in the water. We`ve entered her "missing". Right now there`s no clues leading us anywhere. No clues. It`s just like she`s just disappeared.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: The cops tell us this mysterious case is still an active investigation. And CBS News reports the FBI does have a working theory about what happened to this beautiful little girl and that they do not believe an intruder took the child, which is another way of saying they don`t think it`s a stranger abduction. They aren`t revealing what theory they`re working on or whether they think the child is still alive. We certainly hope so. They reportedly did describe people of interests only as a small universe.

So, again, this is the adorable little girl we`re talking about. Take a good look at her. Aaliyah`s great aunt says it seems like everybody`s forgotten her. But we`re not going to let that happen.

Aaliyah`s great aunt joins me now by phone. Thank you so much for joining us Vickie Bowen. I have to say that the first thing I noticed about the picture of the missing child and we can take a look at this, is that there is a black eye. Under her left eye you see what looks like a bruise or a blackened eye, which is unusual for a little girl.

Do you have any idea how that happened? Or was there a problem in the home with any kind of domestic abuse by anybody?


VICKIE BOWEN, AALIYAH LUNSFORD`S GREAT-AUNT (via telephone): Well, I don`t know how it happened. I know what was told to me, which I don`t believe. I was told that she ran into a door facing.

If you look at all of her pictures, you`ll see marks on her and never a smile. Yes, I do believe that she was abused.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: By whom?

BOWEN: I believe it was by her mother and stepfather.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, I will say this. Lena, the mother of this child, filed for divorce from Ralph, the stepfather, right after the little girl vanished. She had been ordered by a judge to live apart from him after he allegedly, according to published reports, admitted to buying and using bath salts. Those are powerful synthetic drugs that have caused users to do some very terrible and violent things.

Ralph, by the way, has a rap sheet as long as my arm. Since 2000 he`s reportedly been charged with more than 20 crimes including domestic battery, burglary, conspiracy DUI and attempted malicious assault after allegedly swinging an axe at his niece and another man. Not a good sign.

Cops have questioned Ralph several times. They are not calling him a suspect or a person of interest. We have not been able to reach Ralph Lunsford ourselves but he is invited on our show any time to tell his side of the story or his attorney.

But I want to go back to Vickie Bowen, the great aunt of the missing child. Such a precious little girl -- breaks my heart. What do you know about Ralph? And why do you think Lena divorced him right after her daughter disappeared?

BOWEN: I think the divorce was mostly for show thinking maybe -- she knew she was going to prison for welfare fraud, which she is in prison. And I think that maybe she thought that maybe he could get the other children back. I don`t know. I don`t understand her thinking at all.

I know they were supposed to live apart, however they`d seen each other every day the whole time they were apart -- supposed to be apart.

(CROSSTALK)

BOWEN: It`s an act -- it really.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, did -- as an obviously responsible family member who -- and I applaud you for trying to do the right thing by this precious child. And I notice she seems very sad, the little girl, in a lot of the photos -- in fact in all of the photos. This picture she has a bruise --

BOWEN: In all of the photos.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. Tell me.

BOWEN: There was some happy pictures. She lived with my sister, which was her grandmother -- well, actually, Aaliyah was born while Lena was in jail and my sister Joanne took her home straight from the hospital. She lived -- Joanne raised her herself until Lena was about 18 months old - - or until Aaliyah was about 18 months old. Then Lena got out of prison and was on parole and had to live with Joanne.

And as soon as she got off parole she took Aaliyah and all the children, this was last May, and moved out. That`s when a lot of the sad pictures and everything started happening, I think.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, let me say this. Aaliyah`s mom hasn`t spoken much since the child`s disappearance. But here is the mother of this missing child making a rare public plea.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

LENA LUNSFORD, MOTHER OF AALIYAH: They are doing everything that they possibly can, but the more people we can get to help, the better chances of bringing her home.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Lena`s currently in prison for welfare fraud, as you heard. Her lawyer tells us Lena believes Aaliyah is out there alive. She has told the FBI everything she knows. Her attorney also has been quoted as saying no blood relative of Aaliyah knows what has happened to her.

So I`ll throw this out to Tina Smith, also the aunt of the missing girl. What does that mean? No blood relative knows what happened to her?

TINA SMITH, AUNT OF AALIYAH LUNSFORD (via telephone): I think she`s trying to cover something. I don`t understand why she would say no blood relative. A three-year-old little girl doesn`t just vanish into thin air.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, that`s what I wanted to ask you about. Apparently when she discovers the child missing, she says she gets in her car and drives to the point where the car runs out of gas. Tina, why would she drive when we got a toddler here who can`t get that far?

SMITH: Right. She would say that she wouldn`t leave the house without an adult. Well, if she didn`t leave the house without an adult, then why go for hours in a vehicle when the first thing is to call the police.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Mike Brooks, what do you make of this very, very sad case? This poor, poor child.

MIKE BROOKS, HLN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: You know, one of the things I was thinking about, Jane, right off the bat when this happened, when this little girl disappeared was, with all the financial problems the parents had, was she possibly sold to somebody? You know, but the FBI`s theory isn`t that it was a stranger abduction. So what does that say?

As a former investigator that says to me that the FBI believes that it was somebody close to her that is involved with her disappearance. But they have no evidence to say that right now in order to prove that, otherwise they would have arrested somebody even on a circumstantial case.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And, Vickie Bowen, there are other children. This missing child has siblings. We`ve heard half a dozen. What`s happened to them?

BOWEN: They`re all in CPS custody. When Aaliyah came up missing, Lena was pregnant with twins. The twins were born on the 10th of November. And they were taken right from the hospital into CPS custody. All the kids, you know, as far as I know they`re all separated.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Oh.

BOWEN: Her brother was at a dove release ceremony on the 24th. And that`s the first we`d seen of him. He`s with his biological father.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Vickie, we have to leave it right there. But I can tell that you`re a responsible human being. I hope you get a chance to take care of some of these blood relatives and that we stay on top of this case. We promise that. This poor little girl deserves justice. We want to know what happened to her. We`re going to stay on top of this case.
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« Reply #439 on: September 27, 2012, 05:35:15 PM »

Lighting a candle and saying a prayer for baby Aliayah today.   an angelic monkey
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