Eyewitness News speaks with daughter of Lena Lunsford in exclusive interview
LEWIS COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
For more than five years, Destiny Cole says she was keeping a dark secret for her mother, Lena Lunsford.
Cole was 9-years-old when her 3-year-old sister, Aliayah, disappeared from their home in Bendale, West Virginia in 2011.
Speculation mounted for years that Lunsford had something to do with her daughter’s disappearance but there was never enough evidence to prove it.
That is, until Cole decided it was time to reveal the truth leading to her mother’s murder conviction in what’s been deemed the biggest trial in Lewis County history.
On Eyewitness News at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Thursday, reporter Leslie Rubin, who has covered Aliayah’s disappearance since the beginning, speaks exclusively with Cole and her adopted parents.
They recount the moments leading up to and following Cole’s stunning revelation that she witnessed Aliayah’s death at her mother’s hands and was also there when Lunsford hid her daughter’s body in the woods, never to be found.
It is the first time the family has told their remarkable story publicly.