Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Alisha Smiley - Missing from Atlanta, Georgia since 1985

by Dark Sleuth
Left: Alisha Smiley, circa 1985.
Right: Age-progressed composite by NCMEC (circa 2010)
(Source: NCMEC)


On Thursday, June 6, 1985, 3 year-old Alisha Smiley disappeared from the Omni Hotel Complex in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Alisha Smiley was at the Omni that day with her aunt and 4 year-old cousin.  Her aunt left the two children sitting unattended on a bench inside the Omni, while she went outside to a ticket booth to purchase tickets for a wrestling event.  When the aunt returned to the bench, only Smiley's cousin was still there.  Alisha Smiley was last seen at approximately 1:45 p.m.

According to a June 16, 1985 article from the Atlanta Daily World, Smiley's aunt explained why she chose to leave children alone inside the Omni Complex while she purchased tickets outside:

"She said that she left the two there in an attempt to let the children cool off.  The temperature that day was in the high 90s." 


Alisha Smiley was seen wandering around the Omni Complex shops by herself.   According to The Doe Network, "Alisha was last seen by Omni employees asking for a cookie and asking about a bathroom."

Several reports also state that Alisha Smiley may have wandered off to the nearby McDonald's because she loved hamburgers.   

Smiley's aunt described the child as an "extremely friendly, trusting toddler."   Smiley was originally from Birmingham, Alabama.  She  had been living with her aunt and her aunt's husband for approximately 8 months prior to her disappearance.   Her parents were struggling financially as they went to college

According to a June 9, 1985 article from the Atlanta Daily World, published a few days after Alisha disappeared, "if asked, [Alisha] will state that she lives in Birmingham, Alabama." 

In the days after she disappeared, the Atlanta Daily World reported on several searches to find the missing toddler.  Nearly 150 people searched the Omni Complex and the nearby Georgia World Congress Center.  A wooded area behind a school in northwest Atlanta was also searched, all to no avail. 

Alisha Smiley was born on October 7, 1981.  She would be 36 years-old today. 

Physical Characteristics:
Sex: Female
Race: Black
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 3' 0" 
Weight: 30 lbs
Dental: Gap in lower teeth 
- Smiley had pierced ears and may have been wearing gold earrings at time of her disappearance.

Smiley was last seen wearing: 
- a red and white checkered sundress
- white sandals
- braids tied with lilac-colored ribbons 



If you have any information regarding this case, please contact:
Atlanta Police Department:
Tel: (404) 577-8477

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC):
Tel: 1 (800) THE-LOST or 1 (800) 843-5678 


Case Profiles:

NCMEC Profile # 601906:
http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/601906/1/screen 

NamUs Profile MP #6665:
https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/show/6665 

The Doe Network Profile #335DFGA:
http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/335dfga.html 




Sources of Information: 

The Charley Project, Alisha Smiley:
http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/s/smiley_alisha.html


Archived articles from the Atlanta Daily World (no available free links online):

"Child Vanishes from Omni." Atlanta Daily World (1932-2003): 1. Jun 09 1985.  

"Child Still Missing." Atlanta Daily World (1932-2003): 1. Jun 11 1985. 

"Search Continues for Missing Girl." Atlanta Daily World (1932-2003): 2. Jun 16 1985.  

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