Aleeyah Cockburn Missing Update
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Stay with 16 News Now as we continue to provide updates on the circumstances of her discovery as they become available.
Aleeyah Cockburn, 12, was last seen Friday evening near her home off State Road 13 in Middlebury.
Police and relatives are thanking the public for their support, but say they need more help to find Aleeyah.
Aleeyah Cockburn Missing
A surveillance helicopter circled overhead on Friday afternoon as police continued to search for the last known location of the missing teenager.
Aleeyah is 4′ 11″ and weighs 80 pounds. He has black hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing various winter clothes.
“We found out on Sunday morning and we found out that the detectives were at our house, they were asking us, they wanted to search and they thought we might know something about her disappearance because it was cited as a runaway,” says Gabriel . Elswick.
Elswick, who is friends with Aleeya’s biological mother, leads the volunteer search.
“At that point we knew we had to go out and start looking for her and we’ve been here ever since,” Elswick added.
Family, friends and community members are also searching the surrounding areas in the woods, ponds and streams, hoping to find some sign of Aleeyah.