FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2011
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Glenville State College
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Glenville, WV—Members of the Alpha Theta Xi sorority at Glenville State College traveled to Weston, West Virginia on Tuesday evening, September 27th to volunteer in the search for three-year-old Aliayah Lunsford who disappeared from her Bendale home near Weston on Saturday, September 24th.
The five members of Alpha Theta Xi who participated in the search included: Sorority President Chelsea McEwuen, a senior from Parkersburg, West Virginia; senior Katie Nutter and her sister, sophomore Nicole Nutter from Spencer, West Virginia; sophomore Katrina Adkins of Clay County, West Virginia; and sophomore Lindsay Morgan of Weston. The girls, joined by search team leader, spent three hours combing a residential neighborhood near the missing toddler’s home.
Boat teams, divers, canine units, and foot crews have scoured the woods, streets and water searching for over a week but have not found any signs of the missing child. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, Weston City Police, State Police and the FBI are involved in the search and investigation.
Alpha Theta Xi is a community service based sorority and participates in several service projects each year including Relay for Life, Trick-or-Treat for Hunger, and working with the local Community Resource office. The sorority was answering a call for volunteers that was put out to the GSC campus to aid in the search.
“I had been following Aliayah’s story, so when the call for volunteers came, I knew that this was something we had to do. You hear about these things happening all the time, but this was taking place just twenty-five miles away. It shows that tragedies can hit anywhere. I was impressed with how organized the search was. I just wish we would have found her,” said McEwuen.
GSC Assistant Professor of Psychology, Dr. Alan M. Daniels and GSC student Donna McQueen of Weston also volunteered in the search efforts. Additionally the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department assisted which included several GSC students who are volunteer fire fighters.
Aliayah Lunsford is still missing more than twelve days after she disappeared. FBI Special Agent Jeff Killeen has said that they are no longer considering the possibility that the toddler walked away from her home. Authorities believe the girl is either the victim of a homicide, abduction, or a possible concealment.