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9-year-old missing from friend's Fort Wayne home

December 24, 2011

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A sheriff says a missing 9-year-old girl in Fort Wayne had been staying with a family friend when she disappeared on Friday.

Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries says Aliahna Lemmon and her sisters ages 6 and 8 had been at the friend's home for about a week since their mother was ill. Fries tells WANE-TV (http://bit.ly/uFtOCx) that Aliahna has vision and hearing troubles along with attention deficit disorder and other emotional problems.

Fries says police believe Aliahna was last in the home between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Friday. He says miscommunication between the friend and the girl's mother possibly led to police not being called until about 8:45 p.m.

Numerous emergency workers are searching Saturday around a mobile home park on Fort Wayne's north side where the friend lives.

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