Priti “Ashley” Porter vanished from her family’s home in Gastonia, North Carolina on April 19th, 2009. The 22 year-old lived with her parents at the time, and she was last seen by her mother Tanya Davis. By Tanya’s account, Ashley said goodnight to her around 10pm. Nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary during their exchange. Then, the following morning, Tanya wanted to borrow a coat from Ashley’s closet, but when she tried to enter her room, it was locked. After Tanya’s knocks went unanswered, she asked her husband to break down the door. Once they entered Ashley’s room, they were shocked to realized that Ashley was not there, and the bedroom window screen had been removed.
Ashley left behind all of her personal belongings including her cell phone, purse, and money. Due to this, Ashley’s parents initially believed that she climbed out of her bedroom window that night to talk to someone, but intended to come back soon. When she did not return the following day, Ashley’s mother thought she was simply staying with friends. After over a week passed without any sign of Ashley, she was finally reported missing.
The initial police reports on Ashley’s case initially characterized her disappearance as “not a crime - missing person.” However, as time passed, investigators eventually announced that they believe foul play was involved in her disappearance. Ashley’s mother stated that Ashley had an ex-boyfriend who her parents did not approve of. and he was not welcome in their home. Due to this, Ashley’s mother thinks it is possible that Ashley snuck out of their home that evening to meet up with him. Still, this has never been confirmed and Gastonia Police have stayed tight-lipped about the investigation into Ashley’s disappearance to avoid jeopardizing the investigation.
If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact the Gastonia Police Department at 704-866-6879.