Deputies question details on missing Pendleton toddler

Leaona Cheyanne Wright

PENDLETON, S.C. — Anderson County sheriff’s deputies are questioning details they’ve been given about a 1-year-old girl who has been missing for nearly a week.

Sheriff’s Lt. Sheila Cole told local media that at least two details authorities were given about Leaona Cheyanne Wright of Pendleton are probably wrong.

Cole says investigators do not think that her 3-year-old sister opened the door to allow Leaona to crawl outside. Cole says investigators also don’t think the baby was there when her mother arrived at the home at 5:30 a.m. June 6.

The child was first reported missing about four hours later after her mother told 911 operators she awoke and noticed the front door to her apartment open and the child missing.

Deputies have interviewed the mother, her boyfriend and their neighbors, friends and family members.

More than 200 people and multiple K-9 units searched the woods around the apartment complex last Saturday. The large-scale searches continued through Monday, and authorities have focused on following tips and investigative leads in their attempt to find Leaona.

“We feel like we’ve checked that area, around where the child could’ve possibly been, very well at this point,” Cole said.

Crime Stoppers of Anderson has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to her safe return.

No charges have been made in connection with the case.

Cole said investigators are still hopeful of finding Leaona alive and well.