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Police: Ashley Murray Case Remains Open, No Charges Filed

Questions still remain about where missing Peconic teen Ashley Murray was until she returned to Southold.

Almost three weeks since she returned safely back to Southold, questions still remain about where Peconic teen Ashley Murray was during the time that she was missing.

On Thursday, Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley said that while the "case remains open ... at this point we have not preferred any criminal charges against anyone involved."

According to Flatley, Ashley was escorted to Southold Town police headquarters on March 8 with a friend at 3:15 p.m. and was said to be in good physical health and under the supervision of police personnel.

She had been missing for 11 days.

Ashley was reported missing on Feb. 25 by family members, launching an extensive search and investigation into her whereabouts, police said. 

Police said Ashley was transported to an area hospital for evaluation due to the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

When she disappeared, leaving a suicide note and disappearing without her medication or warm clothes, a community came together in an outpouring of support and love to bring Ashley home safely.

From the moment her anguished mother, Charlotte Murray, described the fear during dark nights when she did not know where her daughter could be, friends and concerned residents from near and far rallied,creating Facebook pages, handing out flyers, and sending messages of support.

In Southold Town, the school district and local elected officials pledged their support in doing whatever necessary to bring Ashley home.

As days passed without a word, speculation spread as to what could have happened to the missing teen. 

Since the moment she went missing, the Southold Town police department launched a widespread investigation that was aided by outside agencies including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Suffolk County police department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The Southold Police Department conducted scores of searches, utilizing aviation, K-9 and marine units, pursued investigative leads and interviewed numerous individuals.

 

 

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