In the search to identify the body of a little girl that washed up on Deer Island in a plastic bag June 25, police ruled out two missing children suggested by anonymous tippers.
Three-year-old Aliayah Lunsford disappeared from her West Virginia home in 2011, the same year 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds vanished from her bedroom in Maine.
After contacting family members and comparing the children’s ages, State Police spokesman David Procopio confirmed that the two children do not match the profile of the girl whose body was found and who was apparently about 4 years old.
“We’ve received a steady stream, hundreds of tips and leads,” Procopio said. “There are some that have credible or noteworthy info, and in some cases there are some similarities.”
The police have been searching through a long list of missing people from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Procopio said. Though new leads surface, nothing has yet been confirmed.
State Police encourage landlords, building owners, pediatricians, and the public to inspect their surroundings and notice if children have not been seen for a while.
“We do believe that someone knows who this girl is,” Procopio said. “We’re still hopeful we can identify her, but we still need the public’s help.”Rosa Nguyen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.