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Search for Missing Girl Update

It's been four days, and the search for missing 12-year-old Ashleigh Moore continues. Police say yesterday's massive search was a success, not because they necessarily found anything, but because of how much ground they covered. Monday afternoon you could find an army of officers scouring Lake Mayer and its surrounding neighborhoods, all in search Ashleigh. But today, things had quieted down some.

"We covered a great deal of ground yesterday, simply no need to go back over it right now," explained Savannah police spokesman Bucky Burnsed.

That search has died down some, but the neighborhood's will to find her has not.

"It gives me chill bumps up and down my spine," said Gale Jones, who works in a nearby store. Just one block away from her house, you can see Ashleigh's picture on almost every store window in a local strip mall. It was Ashleigh's family who put them there.

"They came by Saturday morning, came by and asked us if we could put the fliers up," said Jones. "We told them of course they could, we're concerned about that little girl."

People in the neighborhood have grown even more concerned now that they know an arrest has been made. Bobby Buckner, the live-in boyfriend of Ashleigh's mom, was arrested Saturday for violating his probation resulting from charges of child molestation and statutory rape.

Police say it was Buckner that reported Ashleigh missing early Friday morning, but they aren't saying whether or not he is a suspect in her disappearance. As for the family, we did speak with Ashleigh's aunt today. She's anxious to talk with us, but still has been told by police not to. She says she had not heard of Bobby Buckner's past.

A statement from SPD issued this evening says, "Sunday and Monday's massive search brought numerous assets to bear on the investigation," notes that detectives have recieved some information from tips. It goes on to ask that anyone with information call the police at 232-4141, the detective's office at 651-6728 or CrimeStoppers, anonymously, at 234-2020.

Reported by: Elizabeth Garcia,


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