“He was a trusted family friend,” Aliahna’s step-grandfather, David Story, told The Associated Press.
Plumadore initially misled investigators by telling them that Aliahna disappeared while he was sleeping. He said the girl went to the store, but surveillance cameras showed that he was at the store at the time. Over 100 emergency workers and police were searching the area to find the girl.
County Sheriff Ken Fries said Plumadore told investigators where the girl’s body would be found. This ended the search for good.
“It did come to a horrible conclusion,” Fries told CBS affiliate WANE-TV. “We have somebody in custody now who can pay the price for it.”