UPDATE (9/15/18) – The Roanoke Police Department says they are still looking for Arieanna Day.
The three-month-old was last seen on Wednesday, September 12 in a pink onesie and matching pink socks.
if anyone has any information about this case, they are asked to call (540) 344-8500.
Roanoke Police released a statement Thursday afternoon stating they have received information stating there is a “realistic possibility” that the missing Roanoke baby Arieanna Day is “most likely deceased.”
A spokesman with the department said investigators are following up on tips from people connected to the investigation. As a result of what authorities have learned thus far, they are now shifting the investigative focus to the “realistic possibility that circumstances related to Arieanna Day indicate that she is most likely deceased.”
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed there is a staging area for law enforcement established at the North Fork Baptist Church in relation to the missing Roanoke baby case.
The police will not release any additional details about why they are in that area, they only have said the staging area is in relation to the missing baby case.
WFXR has a crew on scene and authorities wouldn’t say how long the search has been going on, but did say nothing has been found yet.
Police initially announced Wednesday afternoon they were investigating reports of a missing three-month-old baby girl named Arieanna Day in Roanoke.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, at 9:16 p.m. on September 12, working with the Roanoke Police Department, investigators arrested 31-year-old, Andrew Christopher Terry. He was charged in connection with the illegal disposal of a body.
Authorities confirmed Thursday morning, Terry’s arrest was related to the missing baby case in Roanoke.
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.
Family members pleaded to the public to help find the baby Wednesday night. “She’s a pretty little baby girl. She’s as beautiful as she can be and I’m reaching out to people, please help find my grandbaby. This is very painful for me,” said Sophia Bryant, who says she is the grandmother.
Police are continuing to investigate. A Roanoke police spokesman said they hope they can bring closure to the case and the family.