Search for Ashley Carroll continues five years later

Ashley Caroll, 29

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Family and friends are marking five years since the disappearance of a Rensselaer County woman.

Ashley Carroll went missing on May 6, 2010 at the age of 24. She was last seen by a family friend on Central Avenue in Albany. She has not been seen or heard from since.

April 16 would have been Carroll’s 29th birthday. To mark the day, her family put up a missing person’s billboard on Central Avenue where she was last seen.

According to police reports, the young woman was last seen being dropped off in the West Hills section of the Nature Preserve.

Carroll told friends she was meeting up with her boyfriend in New York City. The Carroll family does not believe she ever made it and that the young mother was abducted by someone she knew.

A vigil was held for Carroll at the Eternal Flame Monument on Wednesday.

“To not see my niece for five years is…I can’t even explain it to you,” Carroll’s uncle James Carroll said. “It’s horrible.”

James wakes up every day praying for an answer. He said Carroll would never just up and leave, especially because of her young daughter who is now almost seven years old.

“I know Ashley is not going to leave willingly because she’s not going to leave her own child,” Carroll’s cousin Kyla Smith said.

Five years later, Rensselaer Det. Scott Earing said he and the Albany Police Department are actively working on the case but some witnesses are less than cooperative.

“There’s definitely been some issues with people close to her that aren’t exactly forthcoming with certain information,” he said. “Maybe they’re afraid to talk about.”

One witness that police believe is withholding information is the person last see with Carroll, a long-time family friend. That witness told police she dropped Carroll off at the intersection of First Street and Quail Street in Albany. But sources close to the investigation said they’re following new leads that prove that isn’t true.

“Her cell phone last pinged in Albany near the long family friend’s house, so if it doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t make sense,” Smith said.

But on the fifth anniversary of her disappearance, Carroll’s family said all they want is closure.

“We’re just hoping at this point to bring her home so we know, at least we know, she’s home,” James said. “And everything after that will take care of itself.”

Police said the most frustrating thing about the investigation is the lack of cooperation with people close to Carroll, but they said they are not giving up on the case.

Carroll’s family said they will continue to hold vigils until they find closure.

Carroll is about 5’4” and weighs approximately 160 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. More information on Carroll can be found on Facebook in the “Help Ashley Carroll” group.

Anyone with information regarding Carroll’s disappearance is strongly urged to contact police.

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