(Updated Story: Jan. 12)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) says the missing student, who vanished while on her way back to nursing school, has been found today -- her 27th birthday.
No other details have been released by the LRPD about her disappearance.
(Original Story: Jan. 11)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - There's a multi-state search for a missing girl. Her mother says she was on her way back to nursing school when she vanished.
Ashley Nicole Halstead's mother says she left Texas to get away from bad influences. She was supposed to go to Arkansas Tech and re-enroll in classes for the spring semester. After two months, her family hasn't heard from her.
Over the phone Shri Rangel is upset.
"Who would she go with? What kind of person would she go with?," she questioned.
Rangel lives outside of Houston. She said that's the last place she saw her daughter Ashley. She says the 26-year-old was living with her, but not making good decisions.
"I knew she was upset with me because I told her she wasn't going to stay in my house and party and not have a job and not go to school," said Rangel.
Rangel says with support from a trusted mentor, Ashley, a former Arkansas Tech University nursing student, made plans to come back to Russellville to finish her degree.
"I put her on the MegaBus at 10:00 at night and she made it to the Dallas MegaBus station," said Rangel.
She says in mid-November, Ashley took the bus from Houston to Dallas where she met up with a family member. That person dropped her off at a different bus station in Dallas. She then had plans to take the bus to Little Rock and arrive in the early morning hours. She called her mom when she got to Little Rock and told her she was going to get an Uber to the Russellville area.
"I never heard from her again," she said.
She worries something more may have happened.
"Men picking up girls for sex trafficking, so everything that is possible has gone through my mind," said Rangel.
There has been a missing persons report filed with Little Rock Police. Ashley's 27th birthday is Thursday.
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