Walsh on Missing Girl: Don't Give Up - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

04/24/03

Walsh on Missing Girl: Don't Give Up

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Dealing with hot temperatures and rough terrain, officers began day two of the search on Hutchinson Island for 12-year-old Ashleigh Moore. Police have also been dealing with things like alligators, snakes, and swamps. Several dozen officers from Savannah's police force took part, including its Emergency Response Team. K-9 units from Jesup were also called in to help. Unfortunately, nothing has yet surfaced. 

"We haven't found anything anywhere," said Maj. Willie Lovett of SPD. "We don't really have anything to go on, other than the fact that we received a tip that there was a possibility of finding something on Hutchinson Island.

WTOC spoke with John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted, today. Walsh lost his own son to abduction and says he has been in contact with Savannah police about this case.

"We've been in very close contact with the police there," Walsh told us in a satellite interview today. "We're considering possibly doing the case on America's Most Wanted. Ninety-nine percent of abducted children, unfortunately, the harsh, brutal reality is that they're found murdered. They're usually murdered within the first four hours."

As for Ashleigh's family, Walsh advised them to keep looking and to never give up hope.

"I say to the family, to her mom, 'Don't give up, talk to the media every chance you can get, listen to your police and to the citizens of that community, don't give up,'" he said.

Unfortunately, when you're dealing with stories like this, rumors tend to spread. Savannah police wanted us to let you know that Ashleigh has not been found as of this evening, contrary to rumors that her body has turned up in various places. Police are still on the lookout for this child.

Reported by: Elizabeth Garcia, egarcia@wtoc.com

 

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