Mother Located, One-Year-Old Still Missing

UPDATE 12/1/21 4:22 p.m.Ziona Amaya has been located safe and unharmed.


Detectives from the county’s Special Investigations Division (SVID) are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing one-year-old from Silver Spring, and her 28-year-old father.

“Ziona Amaya was last seen with her father, Cornelius Smith, on November 28 at approximately 6 p.m.,” reads an MCPD press release. “The child and her mother, Sandy Barrientos, had been reported missing on November 28, however the mother has been located safe and unharmed, and Ziona is reportedly with Smith.

“Ziona is an infant and has brown eyes and black hair. She was wearing a pink jacket, green pants, pink sneakers and a pink hat. Smith is 5-feet, 9-inches tall, weighs 160 lbs. and has brown eyes and black hair (currently has hair in a full afro).

“He was last known to be wearing a white hoodie (possibly with pink flowers on it), black pants, and unknown type of shoes. Smith has a tattoo on his right arm of “Veda” and a tattoo by his left eye of a musical note. He was also carrying a black diaper bag for Ziona.

“Smith is possibly using public transportation to get Ziona and himself around the DMV area.

“Police and family are concerned for their welfare. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ziona Amaya and Cornelius Smith is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line) or the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.”

Photos/Graphic Courtesy MCPD

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