Search underway for missing Roanoke 3-month-old girl

"I am very concerned about the child's life" - Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones

By Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager, Alison Wickline - Reporter

ROANOKE - Roanoke police are searching for a missing three-month-old girl. 

Arieanna Day was last seen Tuesday night at her home in Northwest Roanoke.

Police say the circumstances of the child's disappearance do not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert. That is due to the fact that there is no possible suspect description or vehicle description, according to Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones.

RPD officers went to 1100 block of Hanover Ave NW after 11 p.m. to investigate a reported abduction.

The mother told officers that she put her child in bed around 10 p.m., however, when she returned to Arieanna's bed, at about 11 p.m., she wasn't there.

"I don't know if she's living. I don't know where she's at. It's painful for my family, so I'm reaching out for help," said Sophia Bryant, Arieanna's grandmother.

Police say that there is no indication that the child was taken by force. The house was not locked at the time of the alleged abduction, according to police.

Jones called the circumstance unusual during Wednesday's news conference.

"A 3-month-old child in need of nourishment is a very critical circumstance, so the sooner we locate this child the better off we will be in all aspects," said Jones 

A man who claims to be Arieanna's father told officers that he did not have the child and is cooperating with the investigation, according to Jones.

In the process of the investigation, authorities have searched the immediate area and the surrounding neighborhood.

Officers are also working with Blacksburg police after getting a tip about a possible location there.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Roanoke Police Department at 540-853-5959. All information given will remain confidential.

People can also call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST and reference case number 1338465.

Roanoke police have also partnered with the Department of Social Services.

Copyright 2018 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.