Ashley Summers family hopes for new leads as issue of missing girls takes spotlight again

CLEVELAND - The family of missing Cleveland woman Ashley Summers is hoping that there will be new leads in her case this week as the issue of missing girls takes the spotlight again. One year ago Tuesday, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found.

“We need people to speak out again,” said Linda Summers, Ashley Summers’ step-grandmother.

Ashley went missing in 2007 at the age of 14. She was last seen in the area of West 96th Street and Madison Avenue. Summers said she ran away from a relative’s home where she was staying.

“I worry that she’s in a bad circumstance, and she can’t come home or feel like she can’t come home,” said Summers.

Summers fears Ashley is being held captive in the Cleveland area, or she’s a victim of human trafficking.

“People just don’t disappear into thin air,” she added. “Somebody knows where they’re at.”

Summers said she believes Ashley is alive. FBI Special Agent Tim Kolonick said the case is open and active.

“We have seen over the last year, we’ve seen a great increase in the number of tips directly related to Ashley and her disappearance,” said Kolonick.

What gives Summers hope and strength is that Amanda, Gena and Michelle are home safe.

“If they can be found, and they were right under everybody’s noses, maybe Ashley is right here under somebody’s nose,” she said.

The FBI encourages anyone with information on Ashley to call them at 216-522-1400.

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