Expert: Search For Missing W.V. Extraordinary

WESTON, W.V. (AP) - The president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says efforts to find a 3-year-old Lewis County girl have been extraordinary.

The search for Aliayah Lunsford entered in its fourth day Tuesday. She vanished from her Bendale home Saturday.

Ernie Allen says his organization has an expert in West Virginia, assisting local, state and federal investigators.

Although police report no new developments, Allen says their response has been aggressive.

He says it's too soon to give up hope; children can wander farther than people think.

On Monday, Kentucky firefighters found an autistic 7-year-old who had traveled 3 miles from his home.

Aliayah is about 3 feet tall and 35 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen in purple pajama bottoms and a pink sweatshirt.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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