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Investigators find no trace of missing baby

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Investigators are focusing on a lake behind the house in which 7-week-old Aniston Walker was last seen. Investigators are focusing on a lake behind the house in which 7-week-old Aniston Walker was last seen.
Armstrong says they are also using cadaver dogs and searching a Memphis landfill. Armstrong says they are also using cadaver dogs and searching a Memphis landfill.
Police officers were also seen at the East Memphis apartment of Tramond Chitman, 33. Police officers were also seen at the East Memphis apartment of Tramond Chitman, 33.
Investigators are still working to put together a timeline for when the baby was last seen and when she went missing. Investigators are still working to put together a timeline for when the baby was last seen and when she went missing.
They say Aniston's mother, Andrea Walker, 33, is not being as forthcoming as they hoped. Armstrong said she is a suspect. They say Aniston's mother, Andrea Walker, 33, is not being as forthcoming as they hoped. Armstrong said she is a suspect.
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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - After nearly two full days of searching, investigators still have no sign of missing 7-week-old Aniston Walker.

Detectives focused their investigation Friday on a lake, located behind the house where Aniston was last seen. They also spent Friday afternoon searching the home of Aniston's father.

Memphis Police Department Director Toney Armstrong revealed information about their investigation during a news conference Friday afternoon.

Director Armstrong confirmed his crews are also still focusing on the area surrounding the house on 5604 Falling Bark Drive in Memphis.

Police officers were also seen at the East Memphis apartment of the father, 33-year-old Tramond Chitman.

Chitman has not been named a suspect in the baby's disappearance, but sources say Shelby County Sheriff's Office deputies, and now MPD investigators, have made multiple stops at his apartment. They combed through his belongings and focused on Chitman's garage where his red Corvette was parked.

Armstrong says they are also using cadaver dogs. When asked about the possibility of searching a Memphis landfill, he said they will stop at nothing to find the baby.

"We just don't want to leave any stone unturned," he said. "So that is just one of the things we're doing to cover all our bases."

Click here to see photos from the search for Aniston Walker.

Click here to see the news conference held on the baby's disappearance.

Investigators are still working to put together a timeline for when the baby was last seen and when she went missing. They say Aniston's mother, 33-year-old Andrea Walker, is not being as forthcoming as they hoped. Armstrong said she is a suspect.

"Seven-week-old kids don't mysteriously disappear without some circumstances behind it," said Armstrong. "So, if this was a teenage kid, if this was even a small child, of school age, obviously our hopes would be high. But again, 7-week old children do not have the means of just disappearing."

Armstrong said his team is being meticulous with their search for Aniston Walker.

"As you can imagine with an area such as this, it's going to take us some time," he added. "We're committed to it."

Armstrong continued, "Common sense tells us there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of that child. We don't have any specifics to say when the child went missing. Right now all we have is the statements from the mother."

In the meantime, Andrea Walker is charged with aggravated abuse and neglect.

According to the affidavit of complaint, Walker left Aniston home alone with a 3-year-old as she took her 5-year-old son to school.

Police say when she returned home 30 minutes later, she said the baby was missing. The house was locked and there was no sign of a break-in. Two others have the key to her house.

According to police, Walker first called Aniston's father, Chitman, who then called police to report the baby missing.

Before police arrived, Walker reportedly left the 3-year-old alone again as she went looking for the infant.

Also in the affidavit, it states, "Affiant is an experienced homicide investigator and personally observed several hours of interview with defendant, Walker. Based on his experience and age of the child that is missing, Affiant has probable cause to believe the child has sustained serious bodily injury."

"I have three small children. They're 6, 8, and 10, and I can't imagine anything happening. I wouldn't leave my 10-year-old alone by themselves much less a 7-week-old," said Kimberly Buchanan, who lives on the same street as the Walkers. "I mean, I think it's sad .. You know, we're praying that she comes home safe."

Investigators removed one of two cars from the Walker's garage. A Nissan Altima was towed around 7 p.m. Friday evening. 

As police continued their search for evidence Sabrina Woods came to visit the scene because of her daughter's personal connection to Walker. 

"I've been praying for the baby, hoping that she'll come up, turn up ... Maybe somebody has her," she said.  "My daughter just said she worked at the IRS with Andrea ... She sat like two seats down from her, and she was pregnant at the time and said she was happy about the baby" 

Action News 5 reached out to Andrea Walker's family members who asked for privacy.

To watch MPD Director Toney Armstrong's news conference in its entirety, click here.

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