Details of Disappearance
Ashley last seen in Cleveland, Ohio on July 9, 2007. She lived with her great-uncle in the 2100 block of west 96th Street, near Madison Avenue, at the time. She disappeared after an argument, taking all her clothes with her. A month later, she called her mother to say she was okay and not to worry.
In November of that year, Ashley's step-grandmother believes she saw Ashley from her car on west 44th Street. Ashley had her hair cut short and dyed blonde. She disappeared before her step-grandmother could turn the car around.
Authorities believe Ashley left of her own accord, but she hasn't been seen or heard from since 2007 and it's possible she's being held against her will. There was a theory that her case was connected to the disappearance of two other Cleveland teenagers: Amanda Berry
, age 16, who disappeared in April 2003, and Georgina DeJesus
, age 14, who disappeared in April 2004.
In May 2013, Amanda and Georgina were located safe after Amanda escaped from the Cleveland home of Ariel Castro and called 911. She, Georgina and another woman, Michelle Knight, who disappeared in 2002 at the age of twenty, had been held captive inside the house for the entire time they were missing. Amanda gave birth to Castro's daughter, who was six years old when they were all rescued.
A photo of Castro is posted with this case summary. In July 2013, he pleaded guilty to 937 charges, including multiple counts of kidnapping and rape and five counts of murder: he'd beaten Knight on multiple occasions to intentionally force her to miscarry after she became pregnant.
He was sentenced to life in prison plus one thousand years; authorities stated he would never be released. In September, one month into his sentence, Castro hanged himself in his cell.
Authorities looked into the possibility that Castro was involved in Ashley's disappearance, but couldn't find anything that tied him to her or any other missing individuals. Her case remains unsolved.