April 05, 2020

Police seek help in finding missing Hampden girl

HAMPDEN – Investigators were asking Friday for the public’s help in locating a Hampden teenager who remained missing after she fled from an automobile accident two days earlier.

Law enforcement agencies covering Hampden and Winterport have had several reported sightings of Ashley LeClair, 15, but for two days she has managed to elude those looking for her.

On Friday, Sgt. Dan Stewart of the Hampden Police Department said it has become an issue of her well-being.

Stewart said it wasn’t known whether she had been helped along the way, or been given rides or shelter, but whatever the case, he said it is not safe for a girl that age to be roaming about.

“There’s definitely a safety concern,” Stewart said.

In an effort to locate the girl, police Friday released photographs of the Hampden Academy student and alerted residents in the area in an effort to get the word out that they are looking for her.

LeClair was described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. She last was seen wearing jeans and a dark shirt, and she may have a long white or light-colored sweater or blanket wrapped around her, according to information released by the police.

LeClair allegedly stole an SUV from a Hampden residence Wednesday. The vehicle’s owner followed her in another vehicle and alerted police. The SUV crashed on Main Street in Winterport, rolling over several times.

LeClair fled into the woods, leaving behind a 15-year-old Hampden boy who had been a passenger in the vehicle. The boy, whose name was not being released, suffered minor injuries in the accident. They apparently are friends who were running away from home, according to police.

Anyone with information may contact the Hampden Police Department at 862-4000.

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