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Missing Girl’s Family Pleads For Return As FBI Search Shifts Locations

Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin

Weston , Lewis County , West Virginia

A major shift in the search for a missing Lewis County toddler, and extended family members are pleading for her return.

Aliayah Lunsford’s great aunts and uncles say they’ve been left in the dark just as much as everyone else when it comes to her search. Now, Eyewitness News has learned the search is focusing on an area that her step-father used to call home.

“We’re not going to give up hope. We want her home more than anything in the world,” says her great aunt Vickie Bowen from Webster County, West Virginia. They are words from a grieving family as they hold out hope Aliayah is still alive.

“Whoever has her. Please, please bring her home. Take her anywhere, to a public place…anywhere. Please do the right thing and send this little girl home,” she tells Eyewitness News.

Missing now for more than a month, the search for Aliayah has shifted to the remote town of Vadis in Lewis County. Vadis is about 30 minutes away from Bendale, where Aliayah was last seen at her home on the morning of September 24th.

“The search area is confined to several points of interest that law enforcement officers are looking at,” explains FBI Special Agent Jeff Killeen.

At the middle of that search is 1903 Vadis Road, the same address Ralph Lunsford, Aliayah’s step-father, had when he was arrested in 2009 for allegedly attacking a family member with an ax.

“We received some information from the community that we deemed credible,” says Killeen.

The FBI also moved it’s mobile command center from the state police barracks in Weston, to the Midway Volunteer Fire Department. The FBI says they can’t comment on what, if anything, they’ve found.

“People want to put the family down saying nobody cares about this little girl, and that is so far from the truth,” says her great uncle Jesse Prunty.

“People are wanting to place blame and I understand that. I understand the anger and the fear. Don’t you think we feel it too? We’re scared, we’re hurt, we’re angry, we’re grieving. We want this little girl home,” says Bowen.

Much speculation has been put on Aliayah’s mother, Lena, and her husband Ralph Lunsford, but the family says they’re not pointing any fingers. They just want Aliayah home, and whoever is responsible prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

“We have to believe she is still out there. At this point, we could not function believing anything else,” says Bowen.

The FBI says they plan to have a press conference next week, and are hoping to release newer pictures of Aliayah.

The search in Vadis will continue tomorrow.

Since Aliayah went missing, Lena Lunsford was arrested on federal charges for selling her food stamps. Her four other children have been placed in foster care. She is also pregnant with twins.

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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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