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Clues sought in missing infant case

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — It’s been nine days since a Montgomery County woman reported her 3-month-old infant missing.

A Roanoke man, Andrew Terry, stands charged with illegally disposing of a body in connection with the case. However, police have yet to find Arieanna Day.

Tuesday night Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office conducted an “informational checkpoint” on Jennelle Road in that county in an effort to obtain information on the child’s disappearance.

According to Lt. Mark Hollandsworth, police believe Terry was operating a black Nissan Maxima, with Virginia tag VWP-1130, in the vicinity of North Fork, Jennelle and Cedar Run Roads between 9 and 11 p.m. Sept. 11 — the day the infant was reported missing.

“We are looking for anyone who may have observed this vehicle pulled off on the side of the previously named roads during that time frame,” Hollandsworth said in a press release issued Tuesday afternoon.

Investigations Capt. Edward F. Hertling Jr. said 58 vehicles were checked during Tuesday’s two-hour checkpoint, enabling investigators to speak with 73 people.

“We did get a couple of helpful tips that we are currently running down, but nothing specifically drawing us immediately to any specific area to be searched,” Hertling said.

Hollandsworth and Hertling say this isn’t the first time the department has used checkpoints to gather information from the public in a criminal investigation. One notable case in which the tactic was used was the double murder of Heidi Childs and David Metzler.

Aug. 27, 2019, will make 10 years since a man discovered 18-year-old Childs and 19-year-old Metzler shot to death at Caldwell Fields off Craig Creek Road in Montgomery County. Metzger was still seated in his car, but Childs was lying on the ground outside the passenger side.

Those murders are yet to be solved, but that doesn’t mean they’re in the cold case files.

“I have two investigators that work the Metzler/Childs case as well as taskforce members from Virginia State Police, FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office,” Hertling said. “We are still generating new leads and following up on them even this far out from the incident date.

“The taskforce size grows and shrinks depending on how many people we need at that particular time. When we need to cover a large number of tasks at the same time we bring in help from Blacksburg Police Department, Christiansburg Police Department and Virginia Tech Police Department.”

Hollandsworth says investigators did generate some tips in Day’s disappearance through a post on its Facebook page. Those, too, are being followed up on.

No other details of the case are being released. Anyone who thinks they may have information pertinent to the case is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 540-382-6915, ext. 44418.

Terry, 31, is being held without bond at Montgomery County Jail.

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