Missing Girl's Family Asks Her to Come Home

Michelle Moore
Michelle Moore

There's still no sign of 12-year-old Ashleigh Moore, missing since Friday. Her family made an impassioned plea on television last evening as police continue to investigate.

"My child is still alive," tearful mother Michelle Moore declared. "She is still alive. And she's out there somewhere, and I'm begging everyone, please, please help me get her home."

The heartbroken mother and her grief-stricken family are bonding closely together, hoping that Ashleigh will hear their cry.

"Please, just take five minutes. If you don't call me, call Nana's house, call somebody," Michelle pled to her daughter. "Let us know where you're at and that you're okay. Please reach out to me and let me know something."

Many tough questions have been asked. Ashleigh's mother's live-in boyfriend, Bobby Buckner, is now in jail for a probation violation. He was convicted eight years ago on a sex crimes charge. But Michelle says she would never knowingly put her child in danger.

"Conversations with them led me to believe Bobby was 17 and the girl was 15 years old," she told us. "They decided to have a sexual relationship. Her family didn't agree with him having a sexual relationship, and supposedly there was just this huge feud between the families, and she pressed charges against him."

Right now the family is just hoping Ashleigh hears their cry.

"She deserves to be with us, we love her," said her father, Shawn Barry. "Ashleigh, be strong, we'll see you soon. We got to get ready for basketball season. Come on home. Just come home."

"Please, please, if anybody is holding her, please let her go," added Michelle Moore.

Police want anyone who knows anything about Ashleigh's whereabouts to call CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.

Reported by: Ryan Young, ryoung@wtoc.com