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Community Mourns Aliahna's Death

By Katrina Helmer
By Peter Neumann
By Scott Sarvay
By Megan Trent
By Corinne Rose

December 27, 2011 Updated Oct 21, 2013 at 8:39 PM EDT

UPDATED: FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The details of Aliahna's death weigh heavy on many hearts tonight.

Within the Northway Woods Mobile Home Park, people have begun placing teddy bears and other small trinkets near the trailer where Plumadore reportedly killed Aliahna.

A steady stream of people stopped to shed a tear in her memory, embrace a loved one, or simply try to digest what happened inside that trailer.

Residents say they are devastated by Aliahna's death. Many began searching for the little at 6:30 last evening before the body was discovered just after 8:30.

They say their hearts and thoughts are with Aliahna's parents and siblings, and they'll work to keep her memory alive by remembering what a smart, loving, nurturing, and intelligent girl she was.

The property managers at Northway Woods have expressed their condolences to Aliahna's family. They've also offered to arrange counseling for any residents in need.

In addition, the property managers have set up the Aliahna Lemmon Benefit Fund at Salin Bank. Donations are currently being accepted at all Salin Bank locations.

UPDATED: FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Before police announced they'd found her remains, residents in the Northway Mobile Home Park said they feared for the safety of nine-year-old Aliahna Marie Maroney Lemmon, but were hopeful police would find her.

Federal and local law enforcement crews were at the Northway Mobile Home Park all day Monday. Officers and several K9 units canvassed the area and spoke with residents.

Kathleen Mckee lives just down the road from where Aliahna was last seen. "You see it on TV all the time in other states, in other places, but this is in our own backyard. It's in our own home, and it's scary," says Mckee.

Mckee's daughter, Amelia, rides the school bus with Aliahna. Amelia says she's worried about what happened to her friend. "She's my friend, and I just... we're friends."

"I feel for the family, because I have three children myself - two daughters and a son," says Mckee. "I can't imagine what that family is feeling, especially around Christmas time."

Mckee's daughter, Amelia, says Aliahna told her about her winter break plans. "She told me she was going to a friend's house the last day of school before Christmas break."

Mckee says she has her own ideas about who might have Aliahna. "I think it's somebody she knew. She had two younger sisters that she loved very much and that she took care of. This little girl was very outgoing, very loving. She wouldn't leave her two little sisters behind."

The Northway Mobile Home Park has more than two dozen registered sex offenders living there, but according to the Allen County Sheriff's Department officials, none are considered suspects at this time.

Still, Mckee says safety is a concern. "I don't let my kids outside without me period - whether it is to run to the car or not."

She also has a plea for anyone with information. "Please, if you know anything, contact the police and let's get her home safely."

The family friend who was allegedly caring for Aliahna at the time of her disappearance spoke briefly to Indiana's NewsCenter Monday morning. He reported going in to take a polygraph test, and said he too is eager to find Aliahna.

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The desperate search for a missing 9-year-old Fort Wayne girl continues Monday morning.

Aliahna Marie Maroney Lemmon was last seen around 10 AM Friday near Clinton and Diebold Road in the Northway trailer park.

The Allen County Sheriff's Department is asking for your help to find a missing 9-year-old girl.

Dozens of police officers, FBI agents and firefighters, using planes, boats and ATV's, searched a 5-mile radius around the mobile home park for Aliahna on Saturday, but found no trace of her.

Police hope viewers will have information on her whereabouts.

She was last seen wearing a blue and black plaid coat with fur around the hood, a silver and white sweater dress with white tights and black shoes with bows.

Officials are not sure how or why she went missing.

Aliahna Lemmon is 41-pounds and about four foot tall. He has blonde hair just past her shoulders and blue eyes. She has a birthmark on the back of her neck and freckles on her face.

She answers to "Aliahna, Ailey and Ana."

Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries says, “We're not going to rule out anything as far as foul play, or maybe she's just at a friend's house. We're hoping somebody sees this and says, 'Oh Aliahna's at our house, come get her.”

An Amber Alert was not issued because the case does not meet certain criteria, including whether the girl was abducted.




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