A 39-year-old Indiana man, Michael Plumadore, has confessed that he bludgeoned a 9-year-old girl who was in his care. Following her death at his hands, Plumadore allegedly dismembered Alianha Lemmon’s body and then concealed her severed head, hands and feet at his home. It is believed that he used a hacksaw. 

A trusted neighbor and babysitter, Plumadore dumped the rest of the girl’s body elsewhere.  Aliahna’s relatives told The Journal Gazette that  Plumadore had provided care for the girl’s ailing grandfather until his death a few weeks ago. Plumadore was living in the deceased elder’s mobile home. "He was a trusted family friend," Aliahna's step-grandfather, David Story, told AP on December 26. On the evening of December 26, more than 50 family and friends gathered in Fort Wayne in a vigil, praying for the girl’s safe return.

According to an affidavit filed by Allen County sheriff’s department, Plumadore killed the girl on December 22 at a decrepit trailer park in Fort Wayne. According to the affidavit, Plumadore stuffed the girl’s body into plastic trash bags and hid it in his home freezer.  On December 26, authorities obtained a search warrant and then found the body parts in Plumadore’s trailer. Aliahna and her two younger sisters were staying with Plumadore because their mother was ill at the time.   Tarah Souders, 28, Aliahna’s mother,  told The Journal Gazette on December 26 that the girl had vision and hearing problems, and also had an attention deficit disorder and emotional problems.  Aliahna's stepfather works at night and sleeps during the day.Plumadore has been ordered held without bail or bond, following an initial hearing on December 27. He has not yet been charged. The affidavit did not reveal details about Plumadore’s motivations.

When Aliahna went missing, Plumadore told The Journal Gazette on Christmas Day that she had disappeared from his home on December 23 while he was sleeping. She was not reported missing on the evening that day. Plumadore claimed that Aliahna’s sisters said that their mother had collected her. He supposedly did not realize until hours later that this was not the case.

On December 24, over 100 emergency workers and concerned citizens searched for Aliahna on the north side of Fort Wayne. FBI agents joined the hunt on December 26. Investigators had focused on Plumadore from the beginning of the investigation since his story appeared suspect.  A website maintained by the state of Indiana shows 15 registered sex offenders live in the trailer park where about two dozen trailers are located. Plumadore has a criminal past: records in Florida and North Carolina show convictions for trespassing and assault. However, he was not on Indiana’s list of sex offenders.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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