Teen Ashley Murray Returns Safely After Missing Two Weeks
March 11, 2013
Peconic girl walked into police headquarters safe and sound on Friday
(Long Island, NY) After an intensive search that utilized the combined efforts of Police, FBI, and the public, missing Peconic teen Ashley Murray, 16, ended the mystery of her 12-day disappearance herself when she entered Southold Town Police Headquarters on Friday, authorities said.
Murray had been reported missing on Monday, Feb. 25, after failing to show up at her school or Springs Lane home Monday.
Police have not yet revealed where the teen has been during her extended absence, noting that she arrived at North Fork Police Station at 3:15 p.m. with a friend, and stayed until about 4:30 p.m., at which time she was taken for evaluation at a regional hospital, according to police.
Murray’s disappearance sparked an Island-wide effort to discover her whereabouts, with Suffolk and State Police, the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the FBI engaging in intensive searches of the area. In addition, a grassroots search helmed by friends, family, and community members was also conducted, with a Facebook page created to keep concerned parties informed and involved.
Currently, authorities are saying that Murray is reluctant to discuss where she has been the past 12 days, stating that, “She didn’t give a lot of information” when questioned. However, police now believe that she was not abducted, but instead was a runaway.
Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley stated that an investigation is still ongoing and didn’t rule out the possibility of charges being filed, either against Murray or any parties that assisted her, depending on the outcome of their investigation.
“I see no reason to charge Ashley, but there’s always that chance. That’s what we have to look for,” he said. “We have look to see if there’s anyone else who should be looked at or might fit into a criminal charge, perhaps others who assisted her in remaining out of view.”