Aliahna Lemmon, a 9-year-old Indiana girl who disappeared two days before Christmas, was found dead Monday night, officials said.
Authorities charged 39-year-old Michael L. Plumadore with murder, the Allen County sheriff's office said.
Sheriff's Officer Jeremy Tinkel would not disclose Plumadore's relationship with Aliahna or details about what led to the man's arrest.
Earlier, Amber Story, the girl's grandmother, described Plumadore as a neighbor and close family friend. She said Aliahna and her two sisters were staying with Plumadore while Aliahna's mother recovered from the flu.
Prior to the suspect's arrest, Story said she believed the girl could have sleepwalked out of Plumadore's Fort Wayne home early Friday morning and been taken. She said Aliahna suffered from partial hearing loss and partial blindness, but has gotten out of her home while sleepwalking before.
Plumadore is set to make make his first appearance in Allen County Court on Tuesday morning.FULL STORY