Missing girls in Cleveland

A short awhile ago, the FBI profiled the disappearance of Ashley Summers on its website. I wondered why they had done so, since she was listed as a runaway. Now I know: according to this article, the police think Ashley’s disappearance may be linked with Amanda Berry and Georgina DeJesus. Amanda and Georgina are also profiled on the FBI kidnappings page.

All three girls disappeared from the same vicinity in Cleveland. They were all in their teens; Ashley and Georgina were 14, and Amanda was almost 17. Right now the cops are thinking one or more of the girls might have been forced into prostitution. I guess that’s slightly less horrible than the alternative that a serial killer is operating in Cleveland.

Or perhaps the disappearances are unrelated. Perhaps Ashley (who definitely did run away, though what happened to her afterwards is anyone’s guess) is hiding out somewhere and simply doesn’t want to get in touch with her family and friends. I certainly hope so. I don’t have a lot of optimism for the other two, though.

One thought on “Missing girls in Cleveland

  1. Linda Summers March 24, 2009 / 4:02 am

    Thank you for writing this piece on Ashley. All 3 girls were from the same area of Cleveland. Did you know about 300,000 girls & boys end up in childhold prostitution each year? The area Ashley was last sighted in is a neighborhood known for prostitution and drugs. Our hope is that she is still alive.

    Linda & John Summers
    Ashley’s grandparents

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