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04/28/03

Missing Girl's School Back in Session

Ashleigh Moore Ashleigh Moore

A Savannah-Chatham County school is dealing with a harsh reality: one of their classmates, 12-year-old Ashleigh Moore, is still missing. She disappeared from her Southside Savannah home more than ten days ago. All last week, Savannah police scoured several different areas, including the Southside and Hutchinson Island. This weekend, Ashleigh's friends and family also searched on their own. Today, detectives still did their work, but there was no major search.

In the meantime, spring break's over and students at DeRenne Middle School are getting back to a routine. But for some, it won't be normal.

"Some of them are finding out for the first time today," Marsha Tolbert, the school's principal, told us.

Still her family isn't giving up, and neither are her friends.

"Particularly her home room, they've had a need to talk about it a little bit, " said Tolbert. "They're concerned.

They are concerned about whether this student, who teachers say was was quiet but thoughtful, is safe and will be coming back to school soon.

"We're hoping that someone will see her somewhere, somehow, and then she'll be back with us," said Tolbert.

Police have no suspects, but still have Bobby Buckner behind bars. He's the live-in boyfriend of Ashleigh's mother and a convicted child molester and statutory rapist. He's been in jail since last Saturday.

If you have any information on this case, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.

Reported by: Elizabeth Garcia, egarcia@wtoc.com

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