It is with great sadness to report such heartbreaking news. Police have discovered human remains in an Ogden, Kansas neighborhood.
“On Saturday, October 13, 2018, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the Riley County Police Department received a call from a citizen reporting the discovery of possible human remains in the 300 block of North Park Road in Ogden,” Riley County Police Department Sergeant Daniel Bortnick said in the release.
Investigators have identified the human remains as missing Army veteran Ashley Meiss who had been missing for five months. Meiss was a mother of two.
In June 2010, Ashley had moved back to her hometown of Ogden after serving in Iraq for over a year as an Army police officer. She had been honorably discharged after becoming pregnant with her first-born son.
On May 17, 2018, Ashley went for a run, but never returned home. Her family said that she left her phone, and her bulldog. The next day she was spotted at a local post office, according to "KAKE."
On May 18, 2018, Ashley, 31, was last seen at a bar in Ogden. She was never seen again after leaving the bar, but police said that she made a quick phone call to a friend the following day, according to "NBC News."
“Ashley [called] an old Army friend of hers, a female friend of hers, and says she is feeling depressed and that it’s hard going through [her] divorce,” Ashley's father, Tom Lewis, said, adding that he didn't know who his daughter may have been with during the call, or where she was located.
During the phone call on May 19, Ashley told her friend that she was planning on leaving town.
“Initially we thought maybe she took off for a couple of weeks. Now it’s looking like that may not be the case,” Tom said in June, adding that she would never leave her children. “Ashley’s world revolved around her children. More than anything, she wanted to be the best mother for them.”
At first, Ashley's family believed she was suffering from PTSD and thought it had something to do with her disappearance. But as time grew on, they began to believe it was foul play.
However, the Riley County police said an autopsy showed no indication of foul play. The cause of death has not been shared, but the release says "no further information regarding this case is expected to be released to the public," according to "NBC News."
Will you please keep the Meiss family and Ashley's children in your thoughts and prayers?