The picture of a pretty brown-haired girl is featured on "Missing" flyers posted in store windows throughout the county. Ashlyn Hockersmith is believed to be a runaway, but her family is anxious to hear that she's safe.
They're hoping someone will recognize the smiling girl in the photo and give the sheriff's office a call with information about her whereabouts.
Ashlyn is 17 and a senior at Cedaredge High School. She has lived in Eckert since moving from Arizona at a young age.
She left home on Dec. 16. Four days later she called her mother to say she was safe and had a place to stay. Three weeks have passed without any additional contact and her family is getting worried.
"We want to know she's okay," said Ashlyn's grandmother, Joyce Olson. "That's why we put out the flyers. We hope she'll let us know where she is.
Her "gut feeling," Joyce said, is that her granddaughter is still in the area but trying to hide her whereabouts. "She doesn't need to hide," Olson said. "If she's happy where she's at, that's great. Just let us know."
Olson has made a few contacts of her own trying to track Ashlyn down. Ashlyn's mother Amber Felix-Hockersmith is using social media as her "eyes and ears."
"It's been ... I can't even describe it, but I will keep you all updated," she said on her Facebook page.
Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee said Ashlyn apparently left on her own accord and is staying away on her own accord. For that reason she's listed as a runaway on NCIC and CCIC databases.
"We don't believe there's any criminal activity involved," he said. "But if another law enforcement agency should come in contact with her, they would place a hold on her.
"A 17-year-old runaway can be hard to find if they don't want to be found."
Ashlyn has brown eyes and brown hair. She is 5'9" tall and weighs about 130 pounds. If you have any information, please contact the sheriff's office at 874-2000.
"If anyone has seen her or has any information that would lead us to her, please help," her mother said.blog comments powered by Disqus