Deputies searching for missing Volusia teen

FOX 35 News at 5 p.m.

- Early Wednesday morning, Volusia County deputies, Edgewater Police officers, and loved ones of missing teenager, Ashlyn Bowman, searched Rotary Park in Edgewater.  This is the last place Bowman was seen before she disappeared more than a month ago.

Deputies stated they have searched Rotary Park in the past for Bowman, 18, but new tips led them back here again.  

“We’ve continued to work the case to get more information, chase down leads, so we’re expanding the search area a little bit and searching through areas where we’ve searched before,” said Andrew Gant spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Bowman’s grandmother, Pauline Chaffee, was among the volunteers searching the park. She said her granddaughter has been living with her for the past few years and the last time she saw her was on Father’s Day when Bowman went to go see her dad. Then Chaffee said Bowman wanted to stay at a friend’s house but never came home.

“It’s been awful because I’m afraid to go out of the house because I’ll miss a phone call from her or from deputies or the sheriff’s or anybody,” said Pauline Chaffee as she described how it’s been for her this past month not having her granddaughter home. “I’m afraid she’ll walk through the door and I’ll miss her so it’s been terrible.”

Deputies do not suspect foul play but will not rule anything out. Investigators told us Bowman had a history of drug use and was acting out a few days before she disappeared.

“Witnesses and some other people who reported seeing her on her last day she was seen having some erratic behavior and was causing some concern,” Gant stated.

Where ever Bowman may be, her grandparents had this message for her, “Please just let us know you’re ok. She knows that we love her very much and we know she loves us very much,” said Bowman’s Grandfather Gerald Chaffee.

Ashlyn is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs about 135 pounds, and has blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone who sees Ashlyn or has information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (386) 409-8276.

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