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MISSING: Murrieta Mother Searching for Runaway Daughter

Ashley Brittany Lopez, a 16-year-old student at River Springs Charter School in Temecula, was last seen three weeks ago walking away from the campus, her mother said.

Ashley Brittany Lopez
Ashley Brittany Lopez

A Murrieta mother asked for help Friday in bringing her 16-year-old daughter home.

Ashley Brittany Lopez, a student at River Springs Charter School in Temecula, was last seen at about 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, walking away from the campus toward Margarita and Rancho Vista roads in Temecula, her mother, Evelyn Lopez told Patch.

Ashley is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 147 pounds. She has brown eyes and waist-length hair that is dyed reddish brown. She was last seen wearing blue skinny jeans, a red hooded sweatshirt and red Converse.

“I am just worried about where she is sleeping; are they treating her OK? Is she eating? I’m just worried for her safety in general,” Lopez said.

A police report has been filed with the Temecula Police Department, said Lopez, who has also reached out to The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Lopez said she dropped her daughter off at school that day, and returned home to find a note from Ashley stating that she was running away.

Ashley has not contacted her family since, and her cellphone has been turned off. Lopez said efforts to track her phone using GPS have been fruitless because there is no signal.

Through talking with some of her close friends, her mother said she learned Ashley may have taken a trip to Las Vegas. She may also be in the Victorville area, where the boyfriend of one of her close friends lives, according to Lopez.

The teen has had some issues with drugs and rebelliousness in the past, Lopez said, noting the family had worked through that with the help of counseling.

She worries that with Ashley out on her own, she may be influenced to pick up those old habits.

Anyone who believes they have seen Ashley or may have information about her whereabouts should call the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-4357, case no. TE133540059.

Tips may also be phoned in to 1-800-THE-LOST, reference case no. 1227177.

Lopez said the Temecula Police Department is handling the case because that is where Ashley was last seen. As of publication time, Patch was waiting to hear back from police as to the status of their investigation.
RobertaLynn January 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM
A parents worst nightmare, not knowing where your child is. Hope she's found safe.
Ken January 15, 2014 at 10:06 PM
This is PURE BS being spewed out by the cops-Ashley has not contacted her family since, and her cellphone has been turned off. Lopez said efforts to track her phone using GPS have been fruitless because there is no signal. The GPS system on a cell phone constantly sends out a signal even when the phone is turned off. Maybe if the phone has been destroyed or submerged in water it will not send out a signal. To this young lady's parents I would suggest they hire a private detective to track down their daughter. Best of luck to the parents. Iknow what your going thru. My daughter did the same thing when she was 14. I did my own detective work and found her staying at a friends house. When I told them I was going to report them to the police they sent my daughter home pn a hurry.

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