In times of crisis, small-town communities are said to shine, coming together to rally round their own and provide strength and support for those weathering storms.
The recent disappearance of Peconic teen Ashley Murray, 16, who returned home safely Friday after almost 12 days without a trace, brought friends, loved ones and even strangers from not only Southold Town, but the entire East End and across the nation together as they joined together to voice one heartfelt wish: "Ashley, come home."
Friends organized Facebook pages and handed out thousands of flyers; local residents reached out to help.
How do you think Ashley's story touched the North Fork community? Did her disappearance open a door for dialogue between parents and children? Were residents brought together in their shared concern, and in their ultimate joy and relief that she returned safely home?
How did Ashley's disappearance touch your life?
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