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Missing Child Alerts - Ashley Lewis Missing From Kannapolis North Carolina

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Messages claim that 14 year old Ashley Lewis is missing from Kannapolis, in the American state of North Carolina.



Brief Analysis
True, but outdated. Ashley Lewis did go missing from Kannapolis on New Year's Eve 2009. However, reports indicate that Ashley has now been located safe and well. It should be noted that two other teenagers that are also named Ashley Lewis have been reported missing in other parts of the United States and this is causing some confusion.

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Last updated: 6th January 2010
First published: 6th January 2010
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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Chris Lewis from Mt Mitchell Fire Dept has a daughter (Ashley Lewis) that is missing, 14yrs old, brown hair, blue eyes, 5ft tall, about 160lbs. Last seen riding in a Red Chevy, Venture 1999 mini van. TAG # YRC-7817. Please call (911) or (704-298-4686) EVERYONE REPOST THIS so...

Subject: Kannapolis Girl Missing

Ashley Nicole Lewis, 14 is missing. While staying at a family friend's home, Ashley went missing when discovered not in bed at 1:00 am, Dec 31, 2009. On the same evening, a minor teenage boy is also missing whom Ashley knows and suspected to be with. He does not possess a drivers license but is driving a red Chevy Ventura Van with NC tag YRC 7817.

She is 5'0" Weight 160 lbs and wears hair straight and sometimes curly. Ashley's parents are very worried over her safety and ask if she please contact them asap to let them know she is well and to please make arrangements to come home.

If you are an adult and allowing a minor child to stay at your residence, without parental consent, you are breaking the law and can be prosecuted.

If you've seen Ashley, or the van, please contact the Kannapolis Police Department, Officer Wallace at (704) 920-4000, or your local police.




Detailed Analysis
Messages informing people that 14 year old Ashley Lewis is missing have been circulating via Facebook and other social networking websites, blog posts and email. The claims in the alert are factual. According to information about the case on the LostNMissing blog, Ashley Nicole Lewis went missing while staying at the home of a family friend on 31st December 2009. It seems likely that Ashley absconded with a teenage boy who went missing on the same night.

Thankfully, later reports indicate that Ashley has now been located and is safe and well. Thus, there is now no reason to continue circulating these alert messages.

In a rather strange twist that has caused considerable confusion, two other teenage girls that have been reported missing in other regions of the United States are also named Ashley Lewis. Ashley M. Lewis of Eagle Point, Jackson County, Oregon was reported missing early in the New Year but was located safe and well on the 4th January 2009. And the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has an alert about 17 year old Ashley Shanice Lewis who went missing from her Illinois home in October 2009.

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References:
LostNMissing - Ashley Nicole Lewis
"Missing Female Juvenile Located
Ashley Shanice Lewis

Last updated: 6th January 2010
First published: 6th January 2010
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer