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Mar 8, 2013 5:15 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Missing Peconic Teenager Walks Into Southold Police Station, Ending Search

Mar 13, 2013 10:49 AM

A 16-year-old Peconic girl who went missing late last month turned up at Southold Town Police headquarters on Friday afternoon unharmed, and police said they have determined she was a runaway.

Ashley Murray was escorted to the police station at approximately 3:15 p.m. by a friend and is in good physical health under the supervision of police personnel, according to a police statement.

“There’s no reason to believe that she was mistreated or injured or anything bad happened to her while she was away,” Police Chief Martin Flatley said in a phone interview Friday.

He said she likely ran away with the help of other people, but he could not get into more detail, citing the active investigation.

He also could not say where the teenager had been since she was reported missing on February 25 by family members after she did not show up for her classes at Southold High School.

Police said at the time they were concerned she may have left home with the intention of hurting herself.

The case sparked a massive search, involving Southold Town Police K-9 units and dive teams, the Suffolk County and Shelter Island police departments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Police, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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Great news!
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Mar 8, 13 5:47 PM
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Wonderful news! Hope she now gets the help she needs.
By hamptonite (26), hamptons on Mar 8, 13 6:29 PM
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27east, reports on girl found, but not on girl missing... Great news to hear, as I feared the worst.
By The Royal 'We' (199), Southampton on Mar 8, 13 7:06 PM
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It is wonderful that she was found safe and sound. But my question is this.
Who is responisble for all the taxpayer dollars that was spent looking for her?
Water, helicopters etc..?
By J. Totta (106), Sag Harbor on Mar 11, 13 11:06 AM
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God forbid if they found her not alive would you still have the same view? Thank god it turn out she was alive and well and let the family deal with their daughter
By hand (1), east quogue on Mar 14, 13 12:23 PM
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Just hope that this girl gets the appropriate help that she needs and that the authorities don't just brush this aside and say case closed.
By pch50 (6), Hampton Bays on Mar 20, 13 11:24 AM