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Search continues for Ashley Murray, missing Peconic teen

Police have issued a missing person alert for

Police have issued a missing person alert for Ashley Murray, seen here in an undated image, who left her home on Spring Lane at about 8 a.m. Monday, police said. Credit: Southold Police

Southold police on Wednesday continued an intensive search for missing 16-year-old Ashley Murray, re-canvassing the neighborhoods near her Peconic home nine days after her disappearance.

Murray was last seen about 8 a.m. Feb. 25, when she left her home to catch a bus to Southold High School, according to Southold police.

Police issued a missing-person alert for the teen two days later. They said marine units have been searching every day along coastlines for clues, and canine and aviation teams have searched for her.

Investigators have also interviewed friends, relatives, acquaintances and callers with tips, Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley said.

Flatley has said Murray may have left her home "with intentions of harming herself" and that investigators do not suspect foul play at this point.

The agency has been joined in the investigation by the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, New York State Police, Suffolk County police and Shelter Island Town police.

Murray was last seen wearing red sweatpants, a black and gray hooded sweatshirt, and black boots.

Anyone with information can call Southold police at 631-765-2600.

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