Arieanna Day: Search warrants explain why father of missing 3-month-old baby is behind bars while search for infant continues

Search warrants obtained in regards to the disappearance of an infant who vanished from her crib last week shed light on why a Virginia man is behind bars as police continue continue to search for the baby.

Roanoke Times reports that Andrew Christopher Terry is currently behind bars and charged with “illegal dumping of a body” in connection with missing 3-month-old, Arieanna Day, who was last seen in her crib at her mother’s home in Roanoke, Virginia, on September 11. According to the search warrant, Terry, who police said was the child’s father, was inside the home the day Arieanna vanished on several different occasions.

“The infants [sic] father Andrew Terry was on scene as well and has had communication with the mother in the time leading up to the report being made,” the search warrant stated.

The warrant also stated Terry used his cellphone in connection to “an abduction and kidnapping.” Further, the child’s mother apparently contacted Terry via Facebook messenger to inquire about Arieanna prior to contacting police. Authorities are combing through the records to obtain additional information.

A second search warrant indicated authorities obtained carpet samples, shirts, and swabs from the vehicle Terry drove on the day in question, a black Nissan Maxima. Detectives said the suspect may have been around the areas of Jennelle, North Fork, and Cedar Run Roads on September 11. They’re now seeking anyone who may have seen him pull to the side of the road in the areas on September 11 between 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.. The license plate number on the car has been identified as VWP1130.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 540-382-6915, extension 44418.

Andrew Terry [Police Handout]
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the baby’s mother told police she put the baby in her crib at around 10 p.m. on September 11, in their home off of 1100 block of Hanover NW. The mother said when she checked in on the baby “a short time later,” she was missing. The mother claimed the doors in her home were not locked, but she only went to the kitchen area before returning to check on Arieanna.

Officers arrived at the home at around 11 p.m. and interviewed the mother, followed by Terry.

“This circumstance is unusual,” a Roanoke police spokesperson said during a media brief on September 12. “And the individual claiming to be the father of the missing child soon arrived at the residence to speak with the investigating officers. He told officers on the scene last night that he did not have the child. Both parents continue to cooperate with investigators. Someone out there knows what happened to this child.”

Roanoke officers searched the immediate area of the residence and throughout the neighborhood. They’ve also requested the assistance of the Blacksburg Police Department after they were given “an address of interest” in the Blacksburg area.

On September 13, authorities announced that Arieanna was likely dead after arresting Terry for illegal disposal of a body. Police arrested the suspect in Blacksburg on night of September 11.

“The investigative focus has now shifted to the realistic possibility that circumstances related to Arieanna Day indicate that she is most likely deceased,” a police statement read. “We are continuing our investigation with this in mind, and hope that we can bring closure to this case and family.”

Terry is being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail. He’s currently the only suspect named in the case.

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[Feature Photo: Arieanna Day/Handout]