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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Missing West Haven student's mother keeps issue alive

By Patricia Villers
pvillers@nhregister.com / Twitter: @nhrvalley

Corinna Martin

ANSONIA — West Haven resident Corinna Martin, mother of Alyssiah Marie Wiley, who has been missing since April 20, continued her search here Wednesday.

Martin and several volunteers were interviewed by the media in the parking lot of the Big Y supermarket on Main Street. They passed out fliers and talked about Wiley, 20, who was last seen in the Bridgeport area.

“We’re asking people in the community to keep their eyes and ears open,” Martin said. “This is our fourth trip to Ansonia. The police told me to talk to neighbors on Hubbell Avenue,” Martin said, which she did.

“We want to keep awareness heightened,” she said. “Fortunately for us, when we talk to people it jogs memories.”
Volunteer Kathleen Ceccarelli said a private volunteer search and rescue organization Tuesday brought search dogs to Coe Pond, which is behind Hubbell Avenue.

Family and friends have also searched in Bridgeport.

Martin said at 4:30 p.m. Saturday there will be an awareness prayer march starting at the Beardsley Park entrance behind the zoo.

The march will proceed in the Beardsley Park neighborhood.

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Gateway Community College, she said.

Martin said Winkle Bus Co. will provide transportation. A bus will leave at 3 p.m. from the Elks Club in New Haven, she said, and from Shop-Rite supermarket, 1131 Campbell Ave., West Haven, at 3:30 p.m.
“I have 103 confirmed and I expect at least 150 or more as the word gets out,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Connecticut State Police Missing Person Clearinghouse at 860-685-8190.

“The family is offering a substantial-sized reward for accurate information on her whereabouts that leads to her safe return home,” Martin said.

She was joined by Hamden resident Lashay Saunders, who has been helping with the search and distributing fliers, Ceccarelli and her daughter, Kate Ceccarelli, a former college roommate of Wiley.

Saunders said although she doesn’t know Wiley, “I’ve grown very close to her mom.”

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