UPDATE: Age-Progressed Picture Released of Aliayah Lunsford, Missing Since 2011

By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press, Brad Myers Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press, Brad Myers Email
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UPDATE 2/25/14 @ 4:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It's a new look at a familiar face. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has released an age-progressed picture of Aliayah Lunsford, who's been missing since 2011. Investigators hope the picture will breathe new life into what's become a cold case.

Lunsford was just 3 years old when she was first reported missing on Sept. 24, 2011. To this day, authorities have not made any arrests or even identified any suspects.

That's why forensic experts at the Center for Missing and Exploited Children are now using the latest technology to get an updated picture to the public.

On a video posted on its website, forensic experts with the Center for Missing and Exploited Children give some insight on what goes into creating these types of pictures.

"Our day-to-day job entails doing age progressions of long-time missing children," one forensic expert said. "Really anything digital that we can do to help law enforcement. We are here to serve."

"Sometimes the last image of a child we have is of someone who's very young or an infant," another forensic expert said, "and what we're able to do with our technology, using heredity and Adobe Photoshop, we're able to create a more up to date image in order to assist an investigation and a lot of times get these children found."

Investigators with the Lewis County Sheriff's Department tell WSAZ.com they have no new leads or sighting of Aliayah. However, they still consider this a very active investigation.

Since Aliayah's disappearance, it's been her mother, Lena Lunsford, who's been making headlines. She's spent several months behind bars for welfare fraud, and other unrelated charges for violating terms of her release.

If you have any information on this case, you're urged to call police or The Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/25/14 10:30 a.m.
WESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ/AP) -- The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has released an age-progressed photograph of a West Virginia girl who disappeared in 2011.

Aliayah Lunsford was three years old when she was reported missing from her Lewis County, West Virginia home on September 24, 2011.

The photograph depicts what she might look like today, at age five.

Authorities have made no arrests. They have also not identified any suspects.

The FBI has refused to say whether agents believe Aliayah is still alive, but a $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to her recovery or an arrest.

The girl's mother, Lena Lunsford, has spent time in prison since the disappearance for welfare fraud.

If you have seen Aliayah, call 911.


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