November 10th, 2009
05:13 PM ET

Amber alert issued for missing 5-year-old girl


[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/10/art.crime.amber.alert.missinggirl.jpg caption="Shaniya Davis, 5, was last seen by her mother at approximately 5:30 a.m. this morning."]

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

An Amber Alert has been issued for a 5-year-old girl who vanished from her mother’s home early this morning, authorities in Fayetteville, N.C. announced today.

Shaniya Davis was last seen by her mother at approximately 5:30am, said Lt. David Sportsman of the Fayetteville Police Department. “I don’t have any information at this point that would indicate any foul play,” Sportsman told CNN. “But we’re not ruling that out and the investigation continues.”

Shaniya lives with her mother in a trailer park that is adjacent to a wooded area and off a main road.

An extensive grid search was conducted throughout the day. “Right now we’re in the process of replacing some of our staffing so we are putting fresh eyes, fresh people out there to go over and make sure we covered every possible area,” Sportsman said.

The FBI and the US Marshals Service have been asked to participate in the investigation. Sportsman told CNN Shaniya’s father lives out of state and is not believed to be involved in the his daughter’s disappearance.

At the time she was reported missing, Shaniya was wearing a blue sleep shirt with pink underwear.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856.

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