Police are searching for a 17-year-old girl, who has been missing since Friday. The family of the Toms River, New Jersey girl has issued an ultimatum in the search for the missing teen.
They addressed whoever has her. They told them that they must let her come home, reported local news.
Ashley Combs did not return home after school on Friday, March 22. A post by her uncle, Rob Nieratko, who is her custodial parent, was shared thousands of times over the weekend as he searched for her.
On Monday, the Nieratkos family issued the ultimatum through their attorney Jef Henninger. The press release was designed "to ensure that anyone who has their daughter is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Toms River police confirmed they were searching for her and investigating leads to her whereabouts. However, they say they do not have reason to believe her disappearance was suspicious in nature.
Rob Nieratko, in various social media comments, has said they believe she is with a friend. They have not been able to track her down.
"I want to send a very clear message to the person or persons that may have Ashley. She is a minor and you have committed a very serious crime," Henninger wrote. "We are giving you 24 hours to drop her off at any police station. If that is done, the family will not focus on what you have done. They will just be happy that she is back home."
The statement continued: "However, if she is not returned by 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the family will not stop until she is found and she will be found. When that happens, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. You cannot even begin to comprehend the legal nightmare that you could be facing. I encourage you for Ashley's sake and your own family's sake to do the right thing before Tuesday morning," wrote the family's lawyer.
Henninger said the family is thanking the Toms River Police Department and other law enforcement agencies for their continued efforts in searching for Ashley. They also thanked people who have shared her picture.
"The family would also like to thank the media outlets covering this story and everyone on social media for helping to get the word out. They believe that everyone working together will bring Ashley home safe and sound," Henninger wrote.
Anyone with credible information is encouraged to call the Toms River Police Department at 732-349-0150. Please pray that she returns home safely.