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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.
William January 10, 2014 at 11:33 PM
Missing since December 20th and only hearing about this now. WTF mom??? Perhaps I'm missing something.
Lola January 11, 2014 at 12:17 AM
I completely agree with you William . That's unbelievable that it's not being circulated until 3 weeks later.....I hope this girl makes it home safely. I can only imagine the pain the family must be feeling.
iammisspatty January 11, 2014 at 12:20 AM
It does say Dec 20, almost 3 weeks ago. OMG! Has she been seen anywhere? Any other info?
Susan McPherson January 11, 2014 at 10:04 AM
I was thinking the same about the length of time already missing.
Rob Murillo January 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM
ive been on my own since i was 18... this girl is almost that age.. so many parents out there that like to baby their kids well pass their 30's then they wonder why they cant get them out of the house.. This girl is probably making a new life for herself
amy January 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM
Rob, she is not 18, she is 16, with a troubled past. Wow, people like you that make these kids think they can do it on their own when they need to finish school and mature a bit more so they don't ruin their life. Praying for Ashley to come home and work on a better future for herself!
TVOR January 11, 2014 at 11:31 AM
I hope this young lady does not fall prey to human trafficking.
CB January 12, 2014 at 12:29 AM
She may have reported it a long time ago, but sometimes police departments dont take it as seriously if they find out the missing person has a history like this girl does. Times are different and its taking people longer to make a life for themselves. 16 is not old enough. Especially with a drug problem.
ChrisG January 12, 2014 at 08:45 AM
Hopping for the best for this girls family.
Shannan Buffolino January 13, 2014 at 04:55 AM
Human traffickers love to go for the ones that have troubled past because they know a lot of times it is assumed that the troubled teen is just with people and doing what they want, which the runaways are at first until they do fall prey to predators

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