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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Roanoke PD, Montgomery sheriff's office provide updates in missing baby case

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR News) - The Roanoke Police Department, as well as the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, provided updates in the case of the missing Roanoke baby, Arieanna Day.
"Three-month-old Arieanna can't speak for herself so we ask that you speak for her," said Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones. 
Jones considers the search for Arieanna to be a recovery effort.
"As far as I'm concerned Arienna is deceased," Jones said.
Earlier in the day, concerned citizens passed out flyers in the Roanoke area.
"I just want to make sure she doesn't get lost or forgotten," said Carey Hampton. She and others handed out 100 flyers in the hopes of keeping the missing girl at the forefront of people's minds. 
"This community, especially Roanoke, needs to continue to hear her name until she's brought home. Whether she's deceased or alive," said Mallory Thornton, a social media advocate. 
Police say they continue to look for Arieanna and are using Dr. Arpad Vass, a forensic expert at the University of Tennessee, to assist in the recovery effort. Jones described the type of technology Vass uses as groundbreaking. 
"His instrument is something like, I would refer to it as a bloodhound on steroids," said Jones. 
He also said that samples have been recovered in the search of Arieanna, but did not specify what those samples were. He said those samples have been sent to the state forensic lab, but could be 90 days out from getting results.
Jones also said Arieanna's father, Andrew Terry, is a suspect in the case. Terry has been charged with illegal disposal of a body based on statements he made to police. Jones stated that Arieanna's mother, Jessica Day, is considered a strong person of interest. 
"She is one of the last ones to see Arieanna alive. You can kind of connect the dots. How do you go from that child laying in a child's bed in the evening to being missing?" Jones said. 
Both police and community residents are urging anyone with information related to the case to come forward. 
"If you know something, say something. Somebody knows something. Someone in this area had to see something," said Thornton. 
It has been more than two months since Arieanna was reported missing on September 11th. 
"We're soon into the Christmas season. There will be some little one not at the table this year. Because of something that someone who was vital to her safety or entrusted to her safety did," Jones said. 
Chief Jones said they and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office have covered a tremendous area while searching for Day. 
Sheriff Hank Partin said they've used as many resources as they can to find the missing baby. 
Both Partin and Jones pleaded with the community to come forward with any information. 

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