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A8 Wednesday, March 28, 2012 MORGANTOWN ,(AP) -- "I'm not saying it's an impos- The mother of a 3-year-old girl sibility," he added,"but we don't who vanished from her West Vir- believe that happened." ginia home six months ago Sat- Authorities have said they are urday believes that her daughter treating Aliayah's disappearance is still alive and prays daily for as a crime, but they've named no her safe return, her attorney said suspects, made no arrests and re- Friday. fused to say what they think hap- Lona Lunsford doesn't knowpened. what happened to daughter Neither the State Police nor Aliayah or where she is, but the Lewis County Sheriff's De- Mike Woelfel said she refuses partment respondeO to messages to give up hope and continues to Friday. ! cooperate with investigators. FBI spokesman Bill Crowley "Lena is convinced that noacknowledged public interest in blood relative of Aliayah knows the case but would not comment what has happened to her. Nor on the investigation. He said the was she involved in any way FBI will likely hold a press con- with her disappearance," he told ference next week to bring the The Associated Press. public up to date. Asked whether Lunsford be-In a hearing related to the lieves a non-blood relative may fraud charges last fall, however, have been involved, Woelfel Ralph Lunsford suggested he's said only, "She doesn't know been the focus of at least some what has happened to Aliayah." scrutiny. He told a judge he'd She has, however, recently"been questioned by authorities filed for divorce from her hus- day after day for the last month band, Ralph Keith Lunsford: or two." She's been living with her moth- He has repeatedly declined to er for months under a judge's or- speak to the media. 'der and is currently awaiting sen- At the time of the disappear- tencing for federal welfare fraud, ance, Lena Lunsford was eight But the lawyer said Lena's moth- months pregnant with twins and er died about two weeks ago. had four other children, from 9 Aliayah vanished from her months to 11 years old. She has Lewis County home near Beri- since delivered the two girls. dale on Sept. 24, and there has Lena pleaded guilty in January been no sign of her since,to selling $114 worth of credit Lunsford, 29, told police her on her food stamp card for $50 daughter was in bed at 6:30 a.m. cash. She had been indicted on but was gone when she checked multiple counts in October, ac- on her later. Aliayah was about cused of swapping for cash five 3 feet tall and 35 pounds, with times in two months. brown hair and brown eyes. She U.S. Magistrate John Kaull or- was last seen wearing purple pa- dered her to live apart from her jama bottoms and a pink sweat husband in November after he shirt, admitted buying and using syn~ Based on the configuration of tlietic drugs called bath salts. the door, the doorway and the Lena has only issued one brief doorsteps, Woelfel said he and Statement until now. Woelfel Lena Lunsford have concluded said granting interviews would "there is no way the child could be counterproductive to the in- have simply wandered off from vestigation, but she believes au- the home. No way." thorities are handling the case "A child that age, that size, appropriately and'appreciates with the dexterity of a'child their work. that age," he said, " it's all but "Who would have abducted physically impossible to have this child, and why,"lie said, just been a simple walk-off. "that's a mystery." CHARLESTON (AP) -- The ides to list the crayfish as endan- Center for Biological Diversity gered'in 2010, and the agency said notified the Interior "Department last year that it may warrant pro- of plans to sue the U.S. Fish and tection,r But Fish and Wildlife has Wildlife Service for failing to act failed to nile within 12 months as on a petition to protect the Big required by law. Sandy crayfish as an endangered The agency didn't immediately species, comment. The center says crayfish popu- Crayfish are also called cmw- lations have declined as much as dads, crawfish and mudbugs. 70 percent over 40 years because The Big Sandy crayfish has ex- of water pollution from surface isted in Buchanan, Dickenson, coal mining, road construction Giles and Wise counties in V'Lrgin- projects, logging and leaky septic ia, and in Logan, Mercer and Wyo- tanks, ming counties in West V'wginia. In Biologist Tierra Curry said the Kentucky it's lived in Clark, EsfiU, crayfish may already be gone in Floyd and Pike counties, but could West Virginia, it's lost more than also be in eastem counties. half ~ts range in Virginia, and it's Crayfish bmrrows are used by on the decline in Kentucky. more than 400 animals, includ- "'The crayfish is also threat- ing bass, catfish, frogs and small ened by competition from gener- mammals. The holes help keep alist crayfish species that are more soil healthy by transferring nulri- tolerant of degraded water quail- ents between layers, Curry said. ty," she wrote in a letter to Inte- Crayfish also keep streams rior Secretary Ken Salazar. cleaner by eating decaying plants The center asked federal author- and animals. CORRECTION An article that ran in the Spring Sports tabloid contained an error. Caysie Irving was the top pole vaulter on Wash- ington High School's girls' track and field team for the 2010-11 school year. , Also, Miyisha Hosby, Jasmyn Hosby, Heather Reynolds, Erica Thomas, Tatiana Moales and Kelsey Simmer were not on the 2011 girls track team. A caption,that accompanied a photograph on Page B5 in the March 21 Spirit of Jefferson contained an error. The name of Martin Robison Delany was misspelled. POTOMAC CENTER, is looking for families that are willing to be foster parents t(~ sibling groups. If you are interested or would like more information please contact Teresa Mowry News Virginia Vein Care www.VirginiaVeinCare com pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE H-East Endocrinology Dedicated to diagnosing and providing. treatment for patients suffering from: Sheila Ramirez, MD is on the medical staff at City Hospital and is now accepting new patients at WVUH-East Endocrinology.