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Lewis County Residents Mark 2-Year Anniversary of Aliayah Lunsford's Disappearance

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On September 21, dozens packed the Jackson's Mill Baptist Church for a vigil for missing Lewis County girl, Aliayah Lunsford. On September 21, dozens packed the Jackson's Mill Baptist Church for a vigil for missing Lewis County girl, Aliayah Lunsford.

Tuesday, September 24 marks the two-year anniversary of then 3-year-old Aliayah Lunsford's disappearance.

Lewis County residents, however, are not giving up their search. On Saturday, dozens packed the Jackson's Mill Baptist Church to honor her memory and to keep hope alive.

"It's been two years of torture...just not knowing," said Tina Smith, Aliayah's aunt. "You know, you see a little kid, and you make sure that it's not her."

A song called "Aliayah Paige," a dance performance in her memory, and balloons released into the sky were just some of the ways the community showed its support.

Law enforcement was also on hand, letting everyone know that it hasn't given up either.

"I've lost numerous nights' sleep on this case," said Sergeant Mike Posey of the Lewis County Sheriff's Department. "I'm sure the community thinks we're not working on it, consider it a cold case. We just want to reassume the public that we are actively investigating this case and that we will find her."

Words that resonate with Pamela Smith, who recently learned there was a break in the cold case of her mother and sister - Maxine Stalnaker and Mary Friend.

"I put my feelings aside tonight so I could come down here to console them because I know what they're going through," Pamela Smith said.

Tina Smith hopes her family can also get closure.

"That's our biggest hope for Aliayah, we hope it'll happen for Aliayah because it happened for them," said Tina Smith.

Residents will continue to honor Aliayah on Tuesday, with a candlelight vigil at the Lewis County courthouse.

"Aliayah, if you're out there, we're not giving up. We'll be here until you're found. Anybody at all, if you know any little thing, even if you think it's just one small thing, that small thing could help bring Aliayah home," said Tina Smith.