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Law Enforcement Provide Update in Ashley Carlson Case

The following is a joint press release from the Burnett and Pine County Sheriff's Offices:


"On September 24, 2021, Ashley Miller-Carlson’s rental car was located, partially submerged, in Grace Lake in Pine County, Minnesota. Ashley’s personal belongings were left inside the vehicle. The Pine County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office to check Ashley’s residence to look for her, without success. Ashley has neither been seen nor heard from since, which, according to family, is very unusual and unlikely behavior. As far as we know, Ashley did not have a cellphone with her when she disappeared.


Since that day, both Sheriff’s Offices, with the assistance of Minnesota BCA, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation along with numerous professional and volunteer groups have been diligently working to bring Ashley home. Exhaustive searches of the area surrounding her home and where her vehicle was recovered have been completed including aircraft, drones, sonar and divers used in the lake, and foot searches with both live-find and Human Remains Detection (HRD) K9s. We have collectively conducted dozens of interviews, 32 search warrants, over 15 ground searches, at least 7 drone searches, and two searches of Grace Lake. Additional searches will be conducted as the search areas are expanded.


There will be searches done on public land in Pine County during the MN deer hunting season. We ask anyone hunting in that area to use extra caution and to report anything they may locate.


There are details of this case we are not releasing to the public to ensure the integrity of the case is not compromised. Investigators continue to follow up on every lead and ask the public to come forward with any information, however insignificant it may appear.


If you have any information regarding this case please contact the Pine County Sheriff’s Office at 320- 629-8380, the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office at 715-349-2121 or anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-222-8477."



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