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TIMELINE: The disappearance and search for baby Amiah

Posted: 11:57 AM, Mar 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-09 13:20:07-04
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INDIANAPOLIS — The search for 8-month-old Amiah Robertson has prompted a lot of rumors and speculation into what exactly has happened to the infant.

We know the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department took a missing person report from Amiah's mother on Saturday, March 16, but it was later learned that the infant had not been seen alive since March 9.

Detectives continue to conduct interviews, review tips and search for Amiah.

Below is a timeline of the events we know based on what IMPD detectives have released so far in their search and investigation.

Saturday, March 9

  • This was the last day that Amiah's mother or anyone else police have spoken to remembers seeing Amiah Robertson alive. The child's mother told detectives that her boyfriend Robert Lyons had taken the infant "to the babysitter." These details were not actually released until a March 23 press conference with police . Lyons is believed to have been driving a 1996 maroon Isuzu Rodeo in "poor condition." Detectives believe Lyons was in the area of Rockville Road and South Mickley Avenue for an "extended period of time"during the day.
  • Detectives say Lyons returned around 10 p.m. to Amiah's mother but did not have the infant.

Thursday, March 14

  • During the initial report to police, this was the day Amiah's mother told police she had last seen her infant. It is unclear what went on this day but it was later determined that her mother had not seen her for nearly a week before this time.

Saturday, March 16

  • Police were called to a home in the 200 block of S. Holmes Avenue to take a missing person report for 8-month-old Amiah. Police say at the time the report was taken, family members told them they did not believe the baby was in danger.
  • Also that day, IMPD arrested a 20-year-old man from that same residence on a domestic, according to public police records. That man was preliminary charged of leaving the scene of an accident and criminal recklessness, according to those public records.
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A missing person report was filed for Amiah Robertson on March 16, 2019.

Tuesday, March 19

  • During the course of their investigation, IMPD says conflicting statements from family members and additional information detectives learned raised their concerns for the welfare of the child. A formal release and missing person plea was issued around 2 a.m. by IMPD asking for the public's help to find her. Police also requested a Silver Alert be issued.
  • A Silver Alert was activated by Indiana State Police for Amiah around 11 a.m.
  • Later that day, detectives obtained a search warrant for the home in the 200 block of S. Holmes Avenue, where Amiah was first reported missing, so they could interview possible witnesses and collect any potential evidence that might help them locate the baby. Forensics were collected from the scene as a precautionary measure and to help with the search for Amiah, according to police.

MORE | Silver Alert issued for missing 8-month-old

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Investigators from the Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department investigate in the 200 block of South Holmes Avenue in the area where 8-month-old Amiah Robertson was reported missing.

Wednesday, March 20

  • IMPD announced that they were working with the FBI in their search for Amiah. Detectives also tell Call 6 Investigates that they have reviewed clips of surveillance video that could aide detectives in the right direction. It is still unclear what those clips contain or if they are of any relevance to Amiah's disappearance.
  • As the investigation unfolded, detectives received a tip that items were seen along the bank of the White River that may be connected to Amiah. The location was less than a mile from the home where detectives were searching on Tuesday and where Amiah was last seen. Detectives responded and with the help of the Indianapolis Fire Department dive team searched the area. IMPD says their search was "inconclusive" at the time, but it was later determined that those items did, in fact, belong to Amiah.

MORE | Why Amiah's disappearance was a Silver Alert, not an Amber Alert

Thursday, March 21

  • The Silver Alert for Amiah Robertson was officially canceled at midnight, Thursday, March 21. Police say they canceled the Silver Alert because they were receiving "very few tips" on the hotline.
  • The search along the White River was expanded downstream but no new evidence was located.
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Friday, March 22

  • A group of community members went out to search the area around the White River for Amiah. They were "unsolicited," according to IMPD Chief Bryan Roach, but he thanked them for their help.

MORE | FBI is assisting IMPD in search for missing infant

Saturday, March 23

  • IMPD held a press conference to release new details about Amiah's disappearance. During the course of that interview, police revealed that Amiah's disappearance had been upgraded to a homicide investigation. Detectives also told investigators that they had been speaking to Lyons and he had told them several locations where the infant "should have been" but after checking each location they were unable to find the infant. Detectives also say some of the locations where Lyons sent them never existed.
  • Detectives also revealed during this press conference that Lyons had been "taunting" Amiah's mother about where her daughter could be.
  • During that press conference, police also issued a plea to the public for anyone who who may have seen Lyons or Amiah on March 9 or any day after to contact them.

MORE | Police search area of White River in connection with missing Indy infant

Sunday, March 24

  • Firefighters were called to a pond near the Mariner's Village Apartments around 7:15 p.m. in reference to a tip about Amiah's disappearance. Crews were able to complete a brief search before it become too dark to operate safely.

Monday, March 25

  • Indianapolis police detectives and firefighters from multiple departments returned to the pond near the Mariner's Village Apartments around 9:30 a.m. Fire department boats used side-scanning sonar technology that creates a picture or an image of what is at the bottom of the pond to search the water.
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Investigators were called to a pond near the Mariner's Village Apartments on March 25 after someone reported evidence possibly connected to Amiah Robertson.

Monday, April 29
Investigators begin a search at the home of Amiah Robertson's supposed babysitter on Holmes Avenue, the last place the infant was believed to be seen. IMPD Deputy Chief Chris Bailey said investigators received a tip that there may be something in the backyard of the home. Crews took out bags of possible evidence.

Tuesday, April 30
For a second day, crews returned to the home on Holmes Avenue, this time with cadaver dogs and a team from the University of Indianapolis. After digging up portions of the yard and collecting possible evidence, Bailey told the media they were unable to locate anything that would help with their investigation.

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On April 29, Investigators returned to a home on Holmes Avenue to search for new evidence connected to baby Amiah after receiving a tip that something may be in the back yard of the home.

Following that search, Amiah's mother, Amber, spoke to the media and issued a plea for her daughter's return. "I feel my daughter is still out there," Amber said ."If you have my daughter, please bring her home."

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Amiah's mother, Amber Robertson, issued a plea on April 30 for her daughter's return.

Anyone with information about Amiah's disappearance should contact IMPD Missing Persons at 317-327-6160 or 317-327-3811 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

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