Search warrant: Mother of missing Roanoke baby did not call police right away

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The mother of a missing Roanoke infant did not call police immediately after she discovered her baby was missing, search warrants reveal. 

Instead, she reportedly spent time sending messages on Facebook.

Roanoke Police believe there is a “realistic possibility” that the missing three-month-old baby Arieanna Day is most likely dead.

Police executed search warrants on September 12 for the two Facebook accounts of the baby’s mother.

According to the documents, the mother contacted the baby’s father via Facebook messenger using one of her accounts and told him about the missing baby before calling the police.

Police state in the warrant, they believe the Facebook accounts “belonging to the mother would help in locating the child.” The documents reveal she may have used another Facebook account and “communicated with other facebookers prior to calling police.”

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

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Terry was arrested and charged with illegal disposal of a body in connection to Arieanna’s case on September 12 at 9:16 p.m.

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

A spokesman with the Ballyhack Golf Club in confirmed Terry had been an employee there as a chef and released the following statement:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Arieanna and her family. Mr. Terry was an employee of the club but he is no longer an employee here. We have no other information on the matter other than what’s been reported in the media and we are cooperating with law enforcement in this matter.”

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office held an informational checkpoint on Tuesday night from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 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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