Authorities announced Monday night that they have found the body of a missing 9-year-old Indiana girl, and the man who was supposed to be caring for her is now charged with her murder.
Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries told reporters that police found Aliahna Lemmon’s body around 9 p.m. Monday within a mile of the trailer park where she lived, according to WPTA. He would not comment on the condition of the body or where specifically she was found. Neighbor Michael Plumadore is in custody on a murder charge and is expected in court Tuesday morning.
Aliahna and her two 6-year-old sisters were staying with Plumadore last week while her mother recovered from the flu. Aliahna’s grandmother, Amber Story, told HLN’s Nancy Grace Monday that Plumadore claimed she disappeared from his mobile home while he was asleep on Friday morning.
According to Story, Plumadore claimed that when he woke up around 10 a.m., Aliahna was gone and he assumed she went home. Story said “miscommunication” between Plumadore and Aliahna’s mother led to her not being reported missing until 8:30 that night.
Story told Grace that she thought Aliahna may have sleepwalked out of the mobile home and been abducted, but she did not believe Plumadore had done anything to the girl.
“I have no, no qualms in saying that Mike would never hurt any of those children, or any children, period. I do not blame him,” Story said hours before Plumadore’s arrest for Aliahna’s murder.
Story described Plumadore as “a close family friend for a long time” and said the girls had spent the night with him before “because they get to play on the floor in front of the TV and watch TV and they play games.”
Speaking to a Nancy Grace producer earlier in the day, Plumadore denied involvement in Aliahna’s disappearance but said he understood that he was being looked at because he was the last person to see her. He urged anyone with information about where Aliahna was to come forward and help the police.
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Watch “Nancy Grace” Tuesday night at 8 pm ET on HLN for the latest on the investigation of Aliahna Lemmon’s murder.