Investigators have named a woman’s boyfriend as a suspect in the disappearance of her baby girl, which is now being treated as a “homicide investigation.”
According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, 8-month-old Amiah Robertson was last seen alive on March 9, when a babysitter reported seeing the child with Robert Lyons, the mother’s boyfriend, around 1:15 p.m.
Police said Lyons returned to the infant’s mother, Amber Robertson, at around 10 p.m. that night but didn’t have the baby with him. He’s since told police several locations where the baby could be found alive, but police said they have been unable to locate the infant.
“All of these locations and homes were checked with full cooperation from residents. Some places she was said to be by Robert do not exist,” IMPD Detective Jeannie Burkert said, according to The Indianapolis Star.
Police have classified the search for Amiah as a homicide investigation after investigators realized aspects of the case “didn’t add up.”
The investigation was further challenged by conflicting information that was initially reported. Although the last time the baby was seen alive was March 9, she wasn’t reported missing to police until March 16, WRTV reports.
"We are frustrated and quite frankly angry because of misinformation and lack of information and lack of cooperation from those who are most closely involved," Police Chief Bryan Roach said in a statement Saturday according to ABC News.
Investigators have said the baby’s mother is not considered a suspect and has been cooperating with police.
Police have been unable to locate the girl since she disappeared, but did discover some items belonging to her along the bank of the White River on March 20. They have not said what those items were.
Investigators are now asking for information from anyone who may have seen Lyons on March 9 in the area of Rockville Road or South Mickley Avenue. He was traveling in a 1996 maroon Isuzu Rodeo in poor condition at the time, investigators said.
Police have said Saturday they are not seeking any information about his current whereabouts, but declined to provide further details about where he may be.
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