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Police Detail 'Extensive' Search For Ashley Murray

Police have searched over 25 areas of interest in Southold alone and interviewed over 30 individuals since Monday.

Since Peconic teen Ashley Murray went missing Monday, the Southold Town police have launched an extensive investigation that has covered over 25 geographical areas and included over 30 individuals so far.

On Friday, Southold police issued an update in the form of a release, detailing investigation efforts.

Police said since receiving a report on Monday morning that Ashley did not arrive at Southold High School, after the department's initial response to her home, it became "evident that Ashley was truly missing and may have left her home with intentions of harming herself."

Immediately, police said they launched an investigation in conjunction with a physical search of neighboring areas, which included a K-9 unit, a dive team, and a marine unit all joining in the search, as well as assistance from the Suffolk County Police Department's aviation unit, which commenced an aerial search.

As the search continued into the fifth day, with no sign of Ashley, police said they have "employed all assets" afforded to the department to include assistance from units within the Suffolk County police department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York State Police, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Shelter Island Town police department, and all members of the Southold Town police department.

Overall, police said investigators have interviewed over 30 family, friends, acquaintances and concerned citizens throughout New York State and searched in excess of 25 geographical locations in Southold Town alone.

"The Southold Town police department, with the assistance of our law enforcement partners, are committed to continue this extensive investigation and have always encouraged all members of the public to contact our department with any information as to Ashley Murray's whereabouts," the release stated.

Susan Fisher Tyler March 01, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Originally reported, the mom said Ashley left for the bus at 8:30, her usual time (although now everything states 8:00, but either way), a) that's way too late for the high school bus...so what's up with that? And b) did she actually get on the bus? It hasn't been mentioned anywhere that the bus driver or other students confirmed that she was actually on the bus. The next question is moot if she didn't take the bus...but if she did, nobody noticed that everyone else headed into the school and she possibly went in a different direction? Have they determined with relative certainty who the last person was to see Ashley Monday morning?
Jim March 01, 2013 at 10:04 PM
You don't have to answer questions like that if you don't meet with the media
Bill March 02, 2013 at 01:26 AM
So many back seat police comments. Gosh
Jim March 02, 2013 at 01:45 AM
That's because a lot of people are of the opinion the job is being handled poorly. Prove us wrong. You sound like cop covering your butt
T.Skabry March 02, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Don't get me wrong the Police are trying but let's use all available resources in finding Ashley and worry about crime scenes as a secondary goal.
joe insider March 02, 2013 at 03:55 PM
And you based your beliefs on many years of investigative work? Aren't you like a laborer or something for the town highway dept.? What makes you think you even know what you are talking about much less second-guessing the PD in this?
Harry March 02, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Do you honestly think the police would tell the media anything? specially if it compromises the investigation? Let them do their job, they do not tell you how to do yours!
eileen March 02, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Southold Jr/Sr High kids are in school by 7:45 am, so whatever reference is made to time that morning is either a generalization or an error. The bus routes begin around 7:10 and are at the school around 7:35-7:40am. School begins at 7:50 for the first period. Just wanted to clear the times up. I think there may be info that the general public isn't privy to, and there are certainly quite a few mixed stories circulating and at this point who knows what is fact. Bottom line is Ashley is missing and we all just want her to return safely. The community is ready and willing to help, but we need directive from the authorities.
Mike brown March 02, 2013 at 10:49 PM
The police should be investigated for their gross mishandling of this. Everyone assembled at Southold high school on Thursday was under the impression that they would help search for her. The police department forbid any searching by civilians. How misguided. These police should be investigated and disciplined for this disgusting self serving agenda. Shame on the entire department, disgusting. My prayers are with Ashley and her family every day.
Mike brown March 02, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Thank you Jim for saying what many of us are thinking.
Jim March 03, 2013 at 12:13 PM
I am certainly not trying to tell the police how to do their job but I am asking what evidence is it that would be contaminated. Is there a crime here are we looking for a suicidal young girl or a girl who was the victim of a crime. Why has there been no news conference just a "Statement" issued. Why Why Why? Is it really "None of your business" when a fellow citizen from Southold goes missing? No one is by any means trying to interfere but please keep us informed on our fellow citizens. THANK YOU
Jim March 03, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Hey Susan Fisher Tyler.........nobody asked the cops to call them, or expects them to. And, if you think wanting to know more about what happened, to this little girl, is rude, then your priorities are upside down. And if looking over the shoulder, of the PD WE PAY, keeps them on their toes just a little bit more, then in my opinion it is worth it. Have a nice day.
Barbara Madden March 03, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Just curious as to whether all pools in Southold have been looked at. Hopefully she will come home when she realizes how many people are out looking for her.
Angela Brisotti March 03, 2013 at 06:42 PM
This may sound strange but have they checked beach bathrooms even when locked, windows can b e forced open its cold outside. Wooded areas possibly, Internet could that be a possibility. I'm sure they checked that one out. Just some thoughts, deffitnley a scarey situation for this girl and her family as well as the towns.
Alice Eckardt March 03, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Dear Ashley please let someone know you are okay. i never met you but my heart goes out to you and your family. praying for your safe return.
Mike brown March 04, 2013 at 12:18 AM
I believe the chief of police should be asked to resign over his handling of this situation. As taxpayers we are entitled to competent leadership in a situation such as this. From the botched search party attempt, to the fact that there has been no public statement, to the fact that the police did not accept any questions from the media. It's really sad. My prayers are with this girl and her family. Thanks to the FBI for stepping in. Now Southold PD can finally get back to ignoring all the illegal drivers on our roads with no drivers licence and no insurance and no registration. Finally they can get back to focusing they're attention on locals who were born and raised here. Bravo boys. The entire department should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.
joe insider March 05, 2013 at 01:03 PM
I doubt that the FBI "stepped in". They were more likely asked for assistance by the local PD. As I read the article it is clear that the local jurisdiction reached out to not just the FBI but to State and other agencies. The National Center for missing and Exploited Children brings lots of expertise to cases like this. Your comments are based on a lack of knowledge of what gets done behind the scenes. I understand your frustration but when someone does not want to be found it is very hard to find them. It sounds like the local PD has reached out to some of the best help in the Country and we cannot ask for more then that.

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