Father of missing Roanoke baby granted $50k bond

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Andrew Terry, who is charged with illegal disposal of a body in connection with a missing Roanoke baby, was approved bond by a judge Tuesday.  

He was initially denied bond on October 4, however, he appealed that ruling.

Judge Robert M.D. Turk heard the appeal on Tuesday, October 16 at 1 p.m. in Montgomery County Circuit Court. 

The judge ultimately granted Terry a $50,000 secure bond. 

The bond stipulations are the following: 

  • Turn in his passport
  • Can’t leave the Commonwealth
  • Has a curfew 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. 
  • He is not to interfere with the current investigation

Terry was arrested on September 12 in Montgomery County and charged with the illegal disposal of a body.

Authorities later confirmed Terry’s arrest was related 3-month-old Arieanna Day, who went missing on September 11. 

Search warrants confirm that 31-year-old Andrew Terry is the father of missing Arieanna Day.

The search warrants also reveal Terry’s phone was seized by police because it was reportedly used in reference to the missing infant prior to police notification. 

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Terry had not bonded out of Western Virginia Regional Jail. 

Terry will have another court hearing on October 25. 

History about the case

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office held an informational checkpoint in mid-September at North Fork Baptist Church on Jenelle Road to try to get more information to find Arieanna’s body.

Police initially announced Wednesday, September 12 they were investigating reports of the baby girl, who went missing the day before on September 11.

According to Roanoke police, the mother of the baby put the baby down in her crib around 10 p.m. Wednesday night on the 1100 block of Hanover NW in Roanoke. The mother told police she went into the kitchen and about an hour later, she went to check on her and the baby wasn’t there. The residence wasn’t locked. 

Police said the doors to the home were unlocked and there was no sign of forced entry or a break in. 

A Roanoke Police spokesman said they are continuing to work with other agencies, including the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Blacksburg Police Department, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, Norfolk Southern Railway, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Virginia Search and Rescue Council.
The incoming severe weather threat could impact our search efforts.

They are asking anyone with information about this investigation to please come forward. Someone knows something about Arieanna.

If you think you know anything pertaining to this case, please call the Roanoke Police Department at (540)344-8500 and share what you know.

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