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Bureau looking at surveillance tapes

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has narrowed its search for missing 3-year-old Aliayah Lunsford, and is currently reviewing a significant amount of video evidence from security systems in the South Weston area, investigators announced during a press conference Friday.

Special Agent Jeff Killeen said investigators have recovered video from civilian, governmental and business security systems. Killeen said he could not comment on what might be on the security tapes.

“We have an awful lot of this evidence to look at,” Killeen said. “It takes time to enhance the tapes.”

Killeen explained that investigators can use special technology to enhance images that may be fuzzy or may not be recognizable at first glance.

“If someone out there has home security video with anything that looks suspicious, please call the West Virginia State Police at 304-269-0500,” Killeen said.

Though he would offer no further comment, Killeen said law enforcement officials have narrowed the time line regarding the disappearance of Aliayah Lunsford.

“The focus is narrowing, and we are working to a favorable conclusion,” he said.

He added that the case is still being considered a homicide, abduction or concealment. Killeen declined to discuss persons of interest or suspects, saying it could compromise the investigation.

Killeen said that as the investigation has narrowed, they also have determined there is no threat of danger to other children in the community

“I want to dispel rumors we are not working on this case,” Killeen said. “At times, investigators are working 24 hours a day on this case.”

Specifically, Killeen said the dozens of people working on the case include law enforcement and personnel at the various crime labs representing the agencies on the case. He likened this work to put together a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle.

“We have many pieces together,” he said. “We are pleased with our progress.”

Aliayah Lunsford was last seen at 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 24 by her mother, Lena Lunsford, who reported the child was suffering from a cold or flu. By 9:30 a.m., the girl was not in the home, her mother has told police.

Lena Lunsford called 911 to report her daughter missing at 11:20 a.m. after searching for her in her vehicle.

An intensive ground search was conducted by law enforcement and volunteers for two weeks before that effort was called off. Divers searched the West Fork River in effort to find the child.

Anyone with information or video surveillance evidence should call the state police.

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Aliayah Lunsford Allegedly Last Seen

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About Aliayah Lunsford

Age 3, Aliayah Lunsford's mother claims that she last saw her daughter at home on September 24, 2011 around 6:30 a.m.

Aliayah has brown eyes and hair, is around 3 foot tall and weighs about 30lbs.

Last seen wearing purple Dora the Explorer pajama bottoms, pink princess sweatshirt and no shoes, Aliayah's ears are pierced and she is missing four (4) front teeth.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, call the Lewis County Sheriff's Department at 304-269-8245.

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