FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. - The Connecticut State Police are searching for a 20-year-old woman who went missing from Eastern Connecticut State University on April 20, and her parents made a plea Thursday morning, asking for anyone with information to help.
A statewide Silver Alert was issued for Alyssiah Wiley on April 24 after the ECSU police notified the state police of her disappearance, state police said. She is described as a black woman, 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds. She is a sophomore majoring in psychology and biology, her family said.
"I am asking, I am pleading with the public as a mother who wants her child home. She has her family who wants her home. She has friends who want her home. We need your help," Alyssiah's mother Corrinna Martin said at a news conference Thursday morning.
Wiley had last been seen at a Dairy Queen in Willamantic near the campus, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance said at the same press conference.
"The search in this invest has continued to grow and spread across the state. Detectives have spoken to many witnesses hoping to include anyone who might have any knowledge or information into the whereabouts of Alyssiah Marie Wiley," he said.
"The State Police Major Crime Squad and Missing Person Detectives working with Eastern Connecticut State University Police and the Windham County State's Attorney continue to work together following each lead and examining any piece of evidence related to this investigation."
No suspects have been named. Vance said the police have leads but said investigators are looking for that one last piece of information.
A car police say is related to the case -- a black 2009 Nissan Altima with four doors and tinted windows, with Connecticut license plate 297-ZOY -- was found in Bridgeport, Vance said. He did not elaborate but said it was process for evidence.
"This is my plea to the public to ask for your assistance in locating Alyssiah," said Windham County State's Attorney Patricia Froehlich. "I know that someone out there knows where Alyssiah is. Any bit of information that anyone can share with us, even if you think it's insignificant, might be helpful to us in our investigation."
Froehlich's office has begun a Facebook page for people to help in the search.
State police will set up checkpoints near the Willimantic campus to look for more potential witnesses.
State Police are asking anyone who may know the whereabouts of this missing person to contact police. Any information provided will be kept in strictest confidence. Call State Police at Troop K at 860-537-7500.