Missing 12-year-old girl found by concerned couple

Published 03/04 2014 01:08PM

Updated 03/04 2014 05:26PM

WEST VALLEY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -   A West Jordan 12 year old missing out of West Valley since Monday afternoon is back with her family. Ashley Esquivel was found Tuesday morning.

West Valley Police says just after 8:30 a.m. they received a tip call from a concerned citizen saying they believe they found12 year old Ashley walking down the street. They approached her asked if she was Ashley and she responded.  “She was very cold and confused she was transported to a local area hospital to be found to be further evaluated by medical personnel there” said deputy chief Mike Powell.

 Deputy Chief Powell says Ashley showed signs of hypothermia and that is why she was taken to the hospital for evaluation, but they will also be looking at her further for any other injuries. Ashley was reported missing Monday after she never showed up for an after school activity at American Prepatory Academy. Prior to the concerned couple spotting Ashley Tuesday morning near 6200 south and 4600 west the last time anyone had record of her was on surveillance video outside her school at 3:45 in the afternoon.

“There is a lot of time that has transpired. As we mentioned before this is the primary focus that she is alive and she is safe. We recovered her, we can confirm that, and that's the most important part at this point,” said deputy chief Powell.

 West Valley police says part of the concern for Ashley's well being was that she functions at a diminished capacity and she is part of the special education program at her school. They say although they are happy she has been found they will continue their investigation to try to determine what exactly happened to Ashley from the time she was last seen Monday until she was found Tuesday morning.

 “The family is very traumatized and as you can imagine at this point in time the family is very relieved she has been found,” said deputy chief Powell.


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