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UPDATE: Police Say Missing Mount Vernon Girl with Family Member

Ashlie Mae O'Brien was reported missing on Friday, April 27.

UPDATE: The 12 year-old girl who was missing from the Mount Vernon area last Friday is with a family member, according to a news release issued this afternoon by the Fairfax County Police Department.

"Police have determined that Ashlie O’Brien is in the custody of a family member," the release notes. "The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been placed at this time."

Police note there is a "serious set of complex, confidential custodial issues involved in this case."

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Original story, published May 2, 2012:

Police are looking for a 12-year-old girl who was reported missing Friday, April 27 in the Mount Vernon area.

Ashlie Mae O’Brien told her guardians she was going to see a friend when she left the 8000 block of Oak Leaf Drive around 4 p.m. She never arrived at her friend's home.

Detectives have followed up numerous leads since that evening but have not located O’Brien and are asking for the public’s help in locating her.

Police consider O’Brien to be missing and endangered.

O'Brien is described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall, 130 pounds, with blond hair, blue eyes, and braces on her teeth. She was last seen wearing a red and white jacket and yellow athletic shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Alanna May 03, 2012 at 01:46 PM
The girl in the photo appears to have brown eyes and brown hair, not blue/blond. It is just a bad photo?
Beth Lawton (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Her eyes are blue -- it's hard to tell from the photo we got from the police. Her hair is arguably light brown instead of blond, but again we're going on the Fairfax County Police Department's official information on the case. We're also working on getting additional information. Thanks!
Geraldine Gassek May 03, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Are there any updates on this case since yesterday. PLEASE let us know!!!!
More to This Story? May 04, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Appears that Ashlie may have escaped from an abusive foster environment, a victim of the courts: Ashlie Mae O'Brien, since July 2010 forced to be a foster child, at a “Visitation” with her grandmother and guardian Delores Brien Heffernan reported that the 14 year old son of the Arlington County selected Foster Parents Scott and Marci Burka PUNCHED IN THE MOUTH 11 year old Ashlie. This ASSAULT was reported to Arlington CPS Social Workers but no constructive action has been taken. Ashlie has been denied by Arlington County appointed Foster Parents to practice her Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) faith. Ashlie has been denied by Arlington County appointed Foster Parents to speak with her Mormon Bishop, a well-respected former Chief of Staff to the Attorney General Ashlie has been denied by Arlington County CPS and other Arlington County agents her Right to Freedom of association with family, and Right to privacy in freedom of speech with her “Mom”, her sister, or her birth mother. Ashlie has been denied by Arlington County appointed Foster Parents basic clothing (photos show no bra under her shirt), and being forced to sleep on the floor when the Foster family took one of many non-pre-approved trips outside of Virginia. Ashlie has been been led to believe by both Arlington County appointed Foster Parents and CPS that she will NOT be returned to her “Mom”. http://www.scribd.com/doc/66090110/Interlocutory-Appeal-for-Ashlie-O-Brien
Harold Bauer May 04, 2012 at 03:45 PM
The essence of the above web site is that the Grandmother has asked the courts in January to give her custody or give custody to the Bishop of the local Mormon Church. And then the child when missing from foster care on April 27. I would assume Fairfax County police know this and have contacted the Grandmother and Bishop. BUT .... FFCo Police still have her listed as missing!!!!!
Jacqueline Bilowus May 04, 2012 at 09:11 PM
BTW, on FaceBook, Mt Vernon Patch says that they've found her. And that the police say an investigation is ongoing.
Joe May 04, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I dont understand. She went missing from Fairfax County. Not Arlington County. Is this case related to her current situation?

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