Missing in Kansas: Veteran Ashley Meiss

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The family of a Kansas veteran who's been missing for more than two months is making another plea for her return.

Ashley Meiss, of Ogden, was last seen on May 18. At first, her family feared the 31-year-old's PTSD had something to do with her disappearance, but now they think Ashley met with foul play. 

Ashley's father, Thomas Lewis, assembled his own team to help find out what happened to Ashley. KTKA reports that he's learned Ashley was last seen at 8:30 at night, leaving the Rock House Sports Bar & Grill with two men.

Ashley's dad still has many unanswered questions.

"We have proof that there are people that are not being truthful with us. We know that there are people that have lied to us," Lewis said. "We know that there are people who are holding information from us."

Family has increased reward money to $6,000 for information that will lead them to finding Ashley. If you have information that could help in the case, you’re asked to call Riley County Police at (785) 537-2112 or Crime Stoppers (785) 539-7777.

A Kansas veteran has been missing for two months. Now, her family is offering a reward, hoping the community can help bring Ashley Meiss home.

Meiss went for a run on May 17, and didn’t come back to her home in Ogden, Kan. Her family spoke to KAKE News not long after her disappearance, saying she left behind her phone and bulldog.

The next day, Meiss was spotted at a local post office.

"And then she made the phone call on Saturday (May 19) to a friend, and then that is the last time anyone has heard of her," Ashley’s dad, Tom Lewis, tells us in a prior interview.

The phone call came from a blocked number. Investigators could not track it.

At first, some thought that Meiss may have left on her own. The mother of two was going through a divorce. She’s also a combat veteran, and her family says she’s suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Now, they fear Meiss has been kidnapped or physically harmed. This week, the Riley County Police Department tells KAKE News there are no new developments in the case, but it’s an active investigation.

Meiss’ family lives out-of-state, but they have come to Kansas to perform searches around Ogden. They’ve also hired an investigator to assist with the case. Still, they haven’t found much information.

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  • Missing from: Ogden, Kansas
  • Missing since: May 19, 2018 – when she was last heard, by phone
  • Age at time of disappearance: 30
  • Age: 31
  • Height: 5’4’’
  • Weight: 140 pounds
  • Hair: Brown, short and shaved on the side with designs
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Other descriptive factors: Meiss has several tattoos, including a sleeve tattoo on her right arm, a tattoo at the center of her upper chest and tattoos on her left arm.

The family is offering a $5,000 regard for anybody that has information into Meiss’ whereabouts.

If you have information that could help in the case, you’re asked to call Riley County Police at (785) 537-2112 or Crime Stoppers (785) 539-7777.

KAKE News will feature the story of a missing person every weekday in our newscasts at 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you have a person you’d like for us to share a story about, please contact Anchor Annette Lawless at alawless@kake.com.

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