By CATHERINE TSAI
The Associated Press
Saturday, November 19, 2005; 3:38 AM
AURORA, Colo. -- After reporting his 6-year-old daughter missing earlier this week, Aaron Thompson went on television to plead with the public for help.
"I'm scared for her safety. ... If anybody has information, please contact the police to bring my baby girl home," he told KMGH-TV.
Behind the scenes, police said it was a different story. While dozens of police went door-to-door, flew over the area and scoured nearby fields for Aarone Thompson, who ostensibly went missing in the middle of a snow storm and freezing weather, they said the family was uncooperative.
Other details emerged: The most recent picture of the girl, who would turn 7 Nov. 30, was a grainy photograph taken when she was 4 1/2 years old. Neighbors couldn't recall ever seeing the child and she wasn't enrolled in school, even though she would be old enough for first grade. State law requires school only for children ages 7 to 16.
Police on Thursday declared Aaron Thompson's missing person report a lie. Cadaver dogs searched the backyard in this east Denver suburb on Friday for clues, including possibly the little girl's body, after someone told police she was killed at the home.
Thompson and Shely Lowe, described as his live-in girlfriend, were "persons of interest" in the case, police said.
Aarone may have been killed as long as 18 months ago, police said. Detectives were wrapping up interviews with seven other children in the household who have since been placed in foster homes.
Interim Police Chief Terry Jones would not say what the children told investigators but said, "It's been a significant amount of time since Aarone was in this home."
Police were also speaking with Aarone's grandparents and her biological mother, who lives in Michigan and has said she hasn't seen her daughter since 2001 after a bitter split with Thompson, Jones said.
Police could only speculate why the little girl was only reported missing this week, Jones said.
Each member of the family submitted DNA samples and fingerprints, said attorney Leta Holden.
"The family is deeply concerned about the well being of Aarone and the efforts being made for her safe return home," Holden said in a statement.
Family spokesman Sam Riddle said Thompson told him he had nothing to do with Aarone's disappearance.
Riddle said he has "grave concerns" about the way police are handling the case.
"This police chief better ... have a substantial body of evidence to back up this statement that Aarone was murdered," he said.