INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Divers searched a west side pond Monday afternoon in connection with the case of missing baby Amiah Robertson.
According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), the Wayne Township Fire Department sent divers to a lake on Mariner Drive to look for potential evidence. The Indianapolis Fire Department and Pike Township Fire Department assisted in the effort, along with a canine.
Police said this weekend that they were investigating the disappearance of the 8-month-old as a homicide. Detectives continue to follow up on leads.
Investigators said Amiah was last seen with her mother’s boyfriend, Robert Lyons, around 1:15 p.m. on March 9. He was in the area of Rockville and Mickley for about seven hours, police said. Lyons returned at 10 p.m. without Amiah. He was last seen driving a maroon 1996 Isuzu Rodeo.
The pond at the Pebble Point and Mariners Village Apartments is a couple miles northwest of that location. An IMPD homicide detective and fire department divers were at the scene for almost three hours Sunday night before darkness forced them to call off the search.
Monday's search, based on a tip, did not yield any clues.
After searching the pond Monday morning, Wayne Township firefighters then accompanied a search dog as it probed a wooded area behind the Addison Creek on Rockville Apartments and a nearby pond at the Ashton Pointe Apartments in what amounted to a proactive search of secluded areas in a part of town where IMPD believes Lyons travels.
IMPD said they’ve investigated the places where Lyons told them Amiah should be. However, investigators didn’t find her at the locations and said some of them didn't even exist.
Police confirmed that items found along the bank of Eagle Creek belonged to the girl, although they didn’t specify what those items were.
The baby’s family reported her missing on March 16 but had no reason to believe she was in danger. On March 19, IMPD issued an alert about the 8-month-old; a Silver Alert followed but was later canceled.
Volunteer searcher Timothy Smith has befriended Amiah’s uncle, Nicholas Price, and was encouraged by the response of authorities to tips.
“I got a tip that the diving team was out here and any type of tip like that you have to jump right on it because you never know if it could be the real deal,” said Smith. “I think that shows that everybody cares. I think there’s a lot of people saying that the law enforcement isn’t doing anything. They’re just waiting for the right tips. And they go out to the scene, they get people in the water and they clarify that this has been checked, that has been checked.”
Price said after witnessing the pond search he felt, “pretty good but I’m still hurt over my niece and I’m still wanting to know every time they come out and I’m always on scene trying to find out about some stuff. I’m gonna continue finding my baby niece.”
Anyone with information about the case should contact the Homicide Office at (317) 327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).