The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Tuesday, April 29, 2003  

Case Now In Its Eighth Day

A young girl from Savannah, Ga., is missing.

Her name is Ashleigh Moore.

She is 12 years old.

She is an honor student.

She is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds.

She has black hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a white shirt and white pants.

She was last seen on April 18 at her home on Weiner Dr. in Savannah.

She is very near-sighted and normally wears glasses, without which she cannot see.

She has been missing for more than a week.

Never heard of her?

Didn't catch the three-alarm blast on CNN about her?

Missed the "Amber Alert" on this one?

Yeah, it was the same with me. I hadn't heard word one about Ashleigh Moore until a sibling sent along this story, the text below excerpted from the Savannah Morning News:

Savannah police had no new information Saturday on the condition or whereabouts of missing 12-year-old Ashleigh Moore, said police spokesman Bucky Burnsed.

It was the eighth day since the girl's disappearance from her southside home.

Police suspect foul play.

Earlier in the week, investigators scoured the densely wooded, marshy areas of Hutchinson Island following what they said was a credible tip. However, the search yielded no trace of the girl.

Ashleigh was reported missing April 18 by her mother's live-in boyfriend, Bobby Buckner. The girl's glasses were left in her room, though she cannot see without them.… [Ed.: Emphasis added.]

Buckner, 26, has not been charged in connection to the disappearance. But he is on probation for the 1995 molestation and statutory rape of a 12-year-old friend of his sister's. Buckner was sentenced in 1996 to one year in jail and 14 years probation….

Oh, did I forget to mention that Ashleigh Moore is a black, African-American girl?

I hate to sound cynical, but I wonder if Ashleigh, despite her very Anglo-Saxon-sounding name, is just a little too dark to earn herself an Amber Alert, let alone spark a new wave of national hysteria.

Please remember Ashleigh in your prayers.

[Ed.: To report any information about this case, call the Savannah Police Dept. at (912) 232-4141.]

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