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04/22/03

Missing Girl Update

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There is still no word or no sign of where Ashleigh Moore is, but police are still investigating, interviewing anybody who might hold a clue to the girl's whereabouts. Pictures of Ashleigh are taped up across Savannah, from Waters Avenue near her home to right in front of DeRenne Middle School, where seventh grader is a well respected honor student. Word of Ashleigh's disappearance has come as a huge shock.

"This is not a child I'd expect to see in the middle of anything quite this dramatic," teacher Ze Santa-Rita told us. He first met Ashleigh when she took his honors social studies class last year. She's a student that really impressed him.

"Extremely responsible," he said, describing her. "The type of student that really took a lot of pride in the work she did."

She's described as a preteen who handled herself very maturely.

"The kind of voice of reason, she always has a quiet and balanced opinion in whatever the situation might be," Santa-Rita said.

He spoke with some of Ashleigh's other teachers at DeRenne Middle School, who agree this isn't a situation they'd expect such a good, kind, responsible student to be in.

"In school she has a good peer group, and she's not the type of kid I'd expect to run away," Santa-Rita told us. "I don't believe that's what happened here."

They're keeping Ashleigh in their thoughts and prayers.

"We are hoping that she does turn up soon, and, in good health," Santa-Rita said.

On Saturday, the man pictured here, Bobby Lavon Buckner, was the man who reported Ashleigh missing. He has been arrested by police on a probation violation. Buckner is Ashleigh's mother's live-in boyfriend. Police say he was arrested in 1995 and charged with statutory rape, child molestation, and aggravated special battery in addition to other charges. Police are questioning him, but have not charged him as a suspect in the disappearance.

If you have any information, please call CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.

Reported by: Holly Bristow, hbristow@wtoc.com

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