Search for missing 8-month-old in Indiana is now a homicide investigation, police say

Posted at 10:32 AM, Mar 24, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department detectives and officials say the investigation into a missing 8-month-old is a homicide investigation.

Amiah Robertson was reported missing on March 16 and police issued a statewide Silver Alert for her on Tuesday.

The investigation is a homicide investigation, IMPD Chief Bryan Roach said.

Investigators are asking for anyone who saw Robert Lyons, the boyfriend of Robertson's mother, and/or Amiah on March 9, or any day after, in the area of Rockville Road and South Mickley Avenue to contact investigators. Lyons is believed to have traveled in a 1996 maroon Isuzu Rodeo in poor condition.

Robert Lyons Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department/Photo Provided

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IMPD says Robertson's mother is not a suspect and has been cooperating with detectives.

Police have not located Amiah.

On Tuesday, IMPD detectives executed a search warrant at a residence in the 200 block of South Holmes Avenue, IMPD said in a press release.

Detectives and dive team members from the Indianapolis Fire Department searched a river bank on Wednesday — less than a mile away from where the baby was last seen, IMPD said a press release. Their search was inconclusive.

Detectives continued their search on Thursday downstream, IMPD said in a press release. Community volunteers joined detectives on Friday to expand their search.

Detectives canceled the Silver Alert at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday due to a limited response from the hotline, IMPD said in a press release.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call IMPD Missing Person's detectives at 317-327-6160, 317-327-3811 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.