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State police to search bodies of water for evidence in missing ECSU student case

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State police provided the following photos of Alyssiah Marie Wiley State police provided the following photos of Alyssiah Marie Wiley
Volunteers come out to Ansonia to search for clues on missing ECSU student Alyssiah Wiley. Volunteers come out to Ansonia to search for clues on missing ECSU student Alyssiah Wiley.
State police provided the following photos of Alyssiah Marie Wiley State police provided the following photos of Alyssiah Marie Wiley
ANSONIA, CT (WFSB) -

The Connecticut State Police will be searching bodies of water in four towns for evidence connected to the disappearance of an Eastern Connecticut State University student, who has been missing for almost a month.

Alyssiah Wiley, 20, was last seen April 20 when she told friends she was going home to West Haven for the weekend.

However, she wasn't reported missing until four days later when she failed to return to campus.

A massive search effort was then launched and searches were conducted on the ECSU campus in Willimantic as well as surrounding communities.

Wiley's family told Eyewitness News they thought she was taken. However, state police said they still have no evidence of any foul play and are treating the incident as a missing person case.

State police dive teams are expected to explore bodies of water in Bridgeport, Ansonia, Meriden and Willimantic. It is unclear when or in what order state police will search the bodies of water.

"We're leaving no stone unturned and we're again putting the plea out to the public. If you know anything we implore them contact state police if you can provide us that information," said state police Lt. Paul Vance. "You can call us and we'll keep any information provided under complete confidentiality."

Evan Noble, who lives next to Coe Pond in Ansonia, said he helped guide search teams with K-9s down to the water yesterday while they looked for Wiley.

"I'm trying to help out, try to help any way I can," Noble said. "I'm hoping they find her."

Vance added the tips keep coming in and investigators are taking each and every one seriously.

Her mother, Corrinna Martin, has been organizing search parties in areas where she may have some sort of connection.

"We as a family have been adamant about getting out and spreading that word that this is not a missing persons," Martin previously said.

The family has previously searched Meriden's Hubbard Park and Bridgeport's Beardsley Park.

On Tuesday and Wednesday nights, family members searched a Hubbell Avenue neighborhood where Wiley once spent time. They handed out fliers with Wiley's picture on it.

Martin previously said police searched the area in Ansonia recently, so they wanted to go back and see if anyone has any information.

"Whatever it is, how big or small it could be, that could be that one little link that we need that will bring Alyssiah home," Martin said.

Friends and family said a march has also been scheduled on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. around the Beardsley Park Terrace neighborhood in Bridgeport. Martin referred to it as a "high interest" area.

Martin told Eyewitness News the family is offering a substantial reward for anyone with accurate information on where Wiley has gone.

Investigators said they are following up on several leads, and are urging anyone with information about Wiley's whereabouts to call police immediately at 860-537-7500.

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