Since Peconic teen Ashley Murray, 16, disappeared ten days ago without a trace, leaving a her family has been plunged into despair. Ashley, they said, left without needed medication - and her mother has said the worst part is at night, when darkness falls, not knowing where her daughter could be.
For the first time, Ashley's mother has reached out with a letter to her daughter, in the hopes that she will read it and find her way home. Here is the letter, in its entirety.
"My Dearest Ash,
My lil' Ash, my shadow, my couragous one. You are far more braver than I ever was. I do, however, have only one request, that you somehow let someone know you are okay.
"You can write home or type away. Do you remember our secret password? The one word between us? Send a note without a return address. Email me. Remember I will never allow anyone to hurt you; however, I can't protect you unless I know where you are.
"You will always have a place to come home to. Never in a million years will I ever turn my back on you. My every thought is with you, yet I feel so helpless and sad. I've talked to plenty of people in this similiar situation and time again have heard of happy endings. Very doable. No one makes me laugh quite the way you do and God only knows, I need to laugh. Please email the one word.
"I love you, Ashley."
Anyone with information about Ashley Murray's whereabouts is asked to call Southold Town Police at 631-765-2600.