Authorities investigate link between missing Ohio teen and RI credit card thief

By: Dee DeQuattro


Twitter: @deedequattro

The Federal Bureau of Investigations is looking into a connection between a woman wanted as a suspect for fraudulently using stolen credit cards and a teenager who went missing in Cleveland, Ohio seven years ago.

Warwick Police were recently contacted by Linda Summers, the grandmother of the missing teen after she saw images that she believed to be her granddaughter, Ashley, on the RI Most Wanted website.

Ashley went missing in July of 2007 at the age of 14. Since then her family has maintained a website in search of the missing girl.

Recently, the family came across the photos of a suspect wanted for using credit cards and checks that were stolen from vehicles parked at gyms and parks in Warwick. The credit cards were then used at banks in East Providence, Pawtucket, and Shrewsbury, Mass. The surveillance images of the woman and a man were taken at the banks.

Warwick Police say it is unclear whether there is actually any connection to the missing girl and the suspect although the images are similar. The family has an aged enhanced photo of Ashley where she is depicted at the age of 18. The photo bares resemblance to surveillance photos of the suspect with the stolen credit cards taken at the banks.

At the current time the suspect in the photos has not been identified and police say it is unclear if the suspects who used the cards are even the same as the suspects who initially stole them.

(C) WLNE-TV 2015