|UPDATE 4/25/2018 - Lena Lunsford has been convicted of her three year old daughter's murder, but her body has never been found.|
But six and a half years since her disappearance, law enforcement officials in Lewis County say they continue to work to bring Aliayah Lunsford home.
"I can say that we have not and we will not give up hope in finding the body of Aliayah," Prosecuting Attorney Christina Flanigan said at the conclusion of a press conference held Wednesday.
LENA LUNSFORD DENIED MERCY IN MURDERING 3-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER IN 2011 - Will Spend Lifetime In Prison
UPDATE 4/24/2018 Lena Lunsford, the mother who was convicted in Lewis County on four charges in the killing of her missing 3-year-old daughter, will spend the rest of her life in prison.
Jurors decided Tuesday that Lunsford will not be granted mercy on the conviction for murder of a child by failure to provide necessities.
On Monday, the jury convicted Lunsford on four charges in the death of Aliayah Lunsford, who was reported missing by her mother on Sept. 24, 2011.
JURY CONVICTS LENA LUNSFORD OF MURDERING 3-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER IN 2011
4/23/2018 - A Lewis County jury convicted a mother accused of killing her missing 3-year-old daughter on all four charges.
Lena Lunsford Conaway (left) was convicted Monday on the charge that carried a life sentence - murder of a child by failure to provide necessities - and the charge of a death of a child by a parent by child abuse, which carries up to 40 years in prison. The jury will decide Tuesday whether she gets mercy or no mercy.
Jurors convicted Lena Lunsford on all four charges in the death of her missing 3-year-old daughter, Aliayah.
Jurors also found Lunsford guilty on charges of child abuse resulting in injury and concealment of a dead body. Both of those charges carry sentences of one to five years.
Lunsford is accused in the death of Aliayah Lunsford, who was reported missing by her mother on Sept. 24, 2011.