EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio – The heartbreak continues for a mother in East Cleveland.
Gloria Wilson's 5-year-old daughter, Rilya, is still missing, and detectives have no strong leads. In fact, the latest twist in the case came this past week when Gloria was re-interviewed by police and asked to take a polygraph test, Action News' Ed Gallek exclusively reported.
She did take the lie detector test and passed, according to Action News sources.
This came just weeks after Gloria was told that the guardian assigned to take care of Rilya by the Florida Department of Children and Families had a criminal past.
Nearly 16 months ago, someone walked up to Rilya and took her away from her legal guardian, Geralyn Graham. No one knows who took her or why.
Graham's wrap sheet in the Sunshine State dated back at least two decades and included food stamp fraud and grand theft. Knowing all of this about Graham's past, the state of Florida still picked her to care for Rilya and her sister.
Obvious flaws in Florida's system were highlighted, but no new strong leads have been uncovered. That's why detectives came up from Miami to talk to Gloria and follow other leads.
Gloria said that she was shocked when detectives came back and asked to re-interview her and to submit her to a lie detector test. She wouldn't discuss the questioning, but said she hoped that her answers would help the police in their investigation.
She also had a message for Rilya, whom she believes is still alive somewhere.
"Rilya, mommy loves you," Gloria said. "I pray for you every day. I know that you're still alive, baby, and I know somebody out there has you. I want you to know that I love you and I always will love you."
Sources said that Miami detectives indicated that they re-interviewed Gloria to make sure that she was telling the truth and to see what else she knows.
"The only thing that I could say is that we have re-sent some investigators back up to Cleveland to follow up some loose ends with the natural mother," police spokesman Ed Munn said. "The homicide investigators, at this point, don't want to elaborate as to what they found up in Cleveland or what the investigation entailed."