FBI Gets 'Huge Tip' in Case of Girl Missing Since 2007

Could woman caught on ATM camera be missing Ashley Summers?
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2015 9:52 AM CDT
Updated Mar 12, 2015 10:07 AM CDT
FBI Gets 'Huge Tip' in Case of Girl Missing Since 2007
An ATM surveillance photo shows a woman who resembles missing person Ashley Summers.   (FBI)

In July 2007, 14-year-old Ashley Summers left her home in Cleveland, Ohio, to stay with a relative after a fight with her mom—and then went missing. Now, the FBI is looking for the public's help in identifying a woman who could possibly be the missing girl. While perusing Rhode Island's Most Wanted website in January, Summers' stepgrandmother noticed an ATM surveillance photo of a woman who bore a striking resemblance to Summers; she would now be 21, CNN reports. Police publicized the info but no leads surfaced locally. Yesterday, the FBI extended the search for the woman and a male companion, suspected of check and identity thefts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and will post photos of the pair on billboards along the East coast, reports NBC News.

"We consider this a huge tip," FBI special agent Vicki Anderson says. "We've had other supposed lookalikes, but nothing that has looked this similar." The photo of the unidentified woman was taken in October. Before all of Ariel Castro's victims were identified in 2013, Summers' family hoped the missing woman—who has a tattoo of the name "Gene" encased in a heart on her right arm, FOX8 reports—was one of the women in his Cleveland home. Now, this is "the best lead we have," Anderson says. Besides a brief phone call Summers' mother received in 2008 that she maintains was Ashley—"It's me, mom. Don't worry," a voice reportedly said—authorities say no one has heard from or seen Summers since her disappearance. There hasn't been any social media activity in her name either. (Read more missing person stories.)

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