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Prayer Service Held in Buckhannon for Aliayah Lunsford

Last Updated on Monday, 14 November 2011 15:29 Written by Ashton Marra Saturday, 12 November 2011 23:47

Folks from across the country have gathered in Lewis County for the past few weeks, to search for missing three year-old Aliayah Lunsford, but Saturday family and friends came together to look for answers elsewhere.

Aliayah’s family says they’ve utilized every outlet available to get the word out about the missing girl. They’ve posted flyers, made a Facebook page, and are now wearing purple ribbons, made in Aliayah’s favorite color.

Now they’re hoping the power of prayer will bring her home safely.

Vickie Bowen says she’s never gotten to meet her great niece Aliayah Lunsford, but that hasn’t stopped her from searching.

Saturday marked seven weeks since Aliayah seemingly disappeared from her Bendale home. Crews have combed through woods and water in search of the three year old, but have yet to come up with any leads, and now family and friends are relying on prayer to get them through.

Praying for the return of girl they describe as happy and intelligent, who carried on full conversations, but weary of strangers, which family members say explains the tears in her pictures.

But after weeks of searching, weeks of praying, Aliayah’s family is left without answers. Even so, they say they won’t give up.

“We’re not giving up hope. If we give up hope then we give up on Aliayah, and that’ll never happen,” says one family member.

If you have any information about Aliayah’s disappearance call the Fusion Center at (304) 558-4831.

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Folks Hope Social Media Will Keep Aliayah Lunsford’s Story Alive

Investigators continue to look at evidence in the disappearance of a Lewis County 3-year-old girl, and while they work, folks are using social media to get the word of her disappearance out to the public.

There’s many Facebook groups honoring Aliayah Lunsford. One is about folks leaving porch lights on until she is found and another is aimed at making new legislation that will help kids everywhere.

“More children need protected throughout the state, and not only West Virginia, but throughout the whole country,” says Margie Blake, administrator of the Aliayah Law page.

Folks from all across the country are following these pages.

“It shows that we have a nation that really cares about the children that are missing or children that have been abused any circumstances with any child where it’s not proper, the things that might be going on in their lives,” says Patricia Bean.

A balloon launch will be held in Aliayah’s honor next Monday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. outside of the Lewis County Courthouse. Balloons will be provided but helium donations are appreciated.

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Aliayah Lunsford Allegedly Last Seen

  • 3116 days, 16 hours, 38 minutes ago

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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