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A makeshift shrine with stuffed Teddy bears pays mute tribute at the Northway mobile home park on Tuesday evening during a candlelight vigil.

Missing girl was struck in head, dismembered

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Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries, left, Allen County Coroner Jon Brandenberger, center, and Allen County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Michael McAlexander hold a press briefing on Tuesday morning.

FORT WAYNE -- Thirty-nine-year-old Michael Len Plumadore appeared in court Tuesday morning on a preliminary charge of murder, accused of killing 9-year-old Aliahna Lemmon early Thursday.

According to court documents filed in the case, Plumadore clubbed the little girl in the head with a brick while she stood outside this trailer in early morning hours Thursday.

Later that day, he cut her frozen body into pieces with a hacksaw, disposing of them in the dumpster of a nearby business.

He told Allen County detectives they could find her head, hand and feet in his freezer, where they were found Monday.

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