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Antelope Valley family pleads for safe return of missing teen

May 28, 2013|By Andrew Blankstein
  • The family of Ashley Lewin, 15, is asking for the public's help in locating the teen last seen Memorial Day weekend in the Littlerock area.
The family of Ashley Lewin, 15, is asking for the public's help in locating… (Bill Guild )

The family of Antelope Valley teen Ashley Marie Lewin, last seen over the Memorial Day weekend, pleaded for the public's help Tuesday in finding the girl and safely returning her home.

Bill Guild said he feared that his great-granddaughter, who is 15 and was last seen Sunday night at the family's Littlerock residence, had left to meet an older male she first contacted through the Internet.

The family contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Palmdale station, which has opened an investigation. Palmdale deputies are currently treating Ashley as a runway, but said they could classify her case as a "critical missing" if she does not turn up soon.

The Littlerock High School freshman is believed to have left home after making a telephone call at 4 a.m. Monday, Guild said. He said he and his wife said good night to the teen around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

According to Guild, Ashley had Internet contact with a male in Kentucky, who has been questioned by deputies and denied meeting her in person. In all, Ashley had been messaging with several people, who also were to be contacted by deputies.

The family sent Lewin's pictures to media via Facebook and Twitter. 

"Sure hope she is OK," the post said. "The deputy says that kids usually come back, but we have a horrible sense of what might happen. Keep her in your prayers. And run her picture in the paper."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Palmdale sheriff's station at (661) 272-2400.


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