Vigil held for little Arieanna Day almost five years after she disappeared

Arieanna Day
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Published: Mar. 25, 2023 at 9:54 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - The community held a candlelight vigil Saturday night to remember cold case victims. Those who attended focused on one victim from our area - Arieanna Day.

Day’s mother first reported her three-month-old missing September 11, 2018. She still has not been found almost five years later.

In 2018, Arieanna’s father was charged with concealing a body in Montgomery County in connection to the case. Those charges were dropped in 2020.

People from different states and locally say they will not give up until they get answers.

”We all know the child did not get up off the bed and walk out the door. So, you know as a mom, as a human, with nieces and nephews, it’s impossible for her to get up and for me not to care. I feel like it’s impossible for anyone not to care like everybody should be out here,” said Mallory Thorton.

“We have not forgotten. We won’t give up. We’ll search, we will search, we’ll be detectives, we will pray, we will protest. We’ll do whatever we can to try to find what happened to this innocent baby who didn’t have a voice,” said Leah Ficklin.

The group has looked for an artist to possibly create a picture of what Arieanna might look like today.

In 2021, Roanoke police told WDBJ7 they had investigated every tip related to this case and there were still many unanswered questions.