FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The search for missing Aliahna Lemmon comes to a tragic end.
Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries announced police found the 9 year old's remains after 9pm Monday evening. They have also arrested neighbor and family friend Michael Plumadore.
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The 39-year-old has been preliminary charged with murder. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance in court Tuesday morning.
Sheriff Fries would not say where Aliahana's remains were found, except that they were "well within" one mile of where the crime occurred. He believes details will laid out in a probable cause affidavit. He also would not comment on the condition of the girl's remains.
Investigators believe Aliahna was killed last Friday, the day she was reported missing from Plumadore's home in the Northway mobile home park at North Clinton Street and Diebold Road. The girl and her two sisters had stayed with him for about a week while their mother was ill.
Plumadore initially claimed he last saw Aliahna sleeping in his home early Friday morning. He said he noticed she was missing a short time later and assumed she went back home to her mother. Because of a lack of communication, Aliahna was not reported missing until Friday night.
The case prompted a large-scale search involving dozens of police, firefighters and FBI agents on Christmas Eve Saturday.
Sheriff Fries said they arrested Plumadore after his third interview with investigators. He gave "indication as to his involvement in this," according to Fries, and where the body could be found.
Plumadore has a criminal history. Fries says he has convictions for non-violent crimes, mostly out of Florida and mostly dealing with auto theft.