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Police cancel Silver Alert for missing baby as search continues

IMPD said the Silver Alert hotline was receiving "very few tips."
8-month-old Amiah Robertson was last seen on Thursday, March 14. (Photo: IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Metro police said late Wednesday that the Silver Alert issued for Amiah Robertson has been canceled.

IMPD said the Silver Alert hotline was receiving "very few tips."

However, detectives said IMPD social media and phone lines have been receiving "numerous tips" about the case.

There was at least one tip that led police to the west side in the area of Sadie Street and West McCarty Street, near Eagle Creek and Interstate 70. Police were investigating items found in the area, which is about a half-mile from a home on South Holmes Avenue, where's Robertson's boyfriend was supposed to take baby Amiah Friday. Robertson told Eyewitness News she was the person who called in that tip.

Police did not confirm if the items found were connected to Amiah's case.

They ask the public to direct information about the case to their Missing Persons Office at (317) 327-6160 or the Homicide Office at (317) 327-3475. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

Eyewitness News has also learned the FBI is assisting with the search for a missing baby.

Eyewitness News has also obtained surveillance video the FBI has gathered. The March 16 video shows a truck, with what appears to be two or three people in it, at a dumpster in 8-month-old Amiah Robertson's babysitter's neighborhood. One of the people gets out, goes behind the truck, then eventually drives away.

Investigators have since determined that truck has nothing to do with the case.

"We are doing our due diligence in following up on all leads and continue to ask for the public's assistance in locating the missing baby," IMPD wrote in a release.

IFD crews, including boats and divers, also appeared at the Sadie Street scene. Police confirmed they were searching the banks of Eagle Creek, but did not say if it was connected to Amiah's disappearance.

Metro police said the mother of Amiah has "lawyered up."

Police issued a statewide Silver Alert for the baby on Tuesday after the baby's family reported her missing this past Saturday.

At the time, investigators say Amiah's family told them they didn't believe the infant was in any danger. After receiving conflicting stories, police decided the 8-month-old could be in danger, so they put out the alert.

Reporter Steve Jefferson talked with Amiah's father over the phone on Wednesday.

"It’s really hard to even talk about it honestly," said Logan Hull. "It would be a blessing to have her back home. It’s almost like you lost half your life without her being here. It’s hard to wake up every day not seeing her here."

Hull said he's been out of town and doesn't know what happened to his daughter.

"I have no idea what happened to her. I wish I knew where she was, I’d go get her," said Hull.

Amber Robertson, the baby's mother, said she doesn't know where her baby could be. She said the last time she saw Amiah was Thursday, before her boyfriend, Robert Lyons, was supposed to take the baby to a west side home.

"She was supposed to go to the babysitter's house on 229 South Holmes. She never arrived there," said Robertson.

On Saturday, police arrested Lyons on an unrelated matter.