LITTLEROCK— Friends and loved ones are holding a balloon release and community gathering this Saturday for Ashley Lewin, the teen who disappeared from Littlerock in May 2013.
The event starts at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, at Living Stone Cathedral, located at 37721 100th Street East in Littlerock. Members of Team CFSI California for Missing Children will be supporting the family at the event.
“We just want everybody in the community to come together and say ‘we love you and we have not forgotten you, Ashley, please come home,’” said close family friend Darlene DeSpain.
Ashley, now 16, disappeared from her family’s Littlerock residence some time during the early morning hours of May 27, 2013.
She was last seen going to bed around 10:30 p.m. on May 26, and when the family woke up, Ashley was gone. They believe Ashley, who suffers from seizures, had an unusual behavioral reaction to a prior medication, which may have contributed to her running away.
In the days following her disappearance, there was activity on Ashley’s cell phone and social media accounts, DeSpain said. The activity stopped June 1, 2013, with the final call on Ashley’s cell phone coming from about a block and half from the Santa Clarita Metro Link station, DeSpain said.
“The family has contacted everybody that they can think of,” DeSpain said, adding that many people thought to have been in contact with Ashley have already been questioned. “There are absolutely no leads now; she just vanished and that’s so scary.”
Distraught family members have created a website, titled “Ashley Come Home,” where they’ve posted several videos pleading with the teen to call home. View the website here.
“Ashley, this is Mommy, and if you can see this, I love you, and I need you, I need you to come home,” Betina Martin pleads tearfully in the video. “Nobody is mad at you, nobody hates you, nobody is upset with you. We love you and adore you and we need you to come home.” [View the video, dated May 29, 2013, above.]
The family is hoping Saturday’s balloon release and community gathering will keep Ashley’s case in the public eye.
“Somebody somewhere knows where she is, and we need to reach that person,” DeSpain said. “It’s heartbreaking to see her family going through this much pain.”
Ashley Lewin is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs around 180 pounds, and has brown eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at 661-272-2400 and reference case #013-07413-2663-402, or contact private investigator Denise Savastano at 951-544-5180.