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- Sheriff Tim Bailey


At approximately 5:00pm tonight employees from McDonalds at 1600 Marion Mt. Gilead Road in Marion thought they recognized 17 year old Ashley Smith. Smith had left the Applewoods Center in Cleveland last night, where she was being detained.  A McDonald’s employee called the Marion County Central Dispatch Center to report the sighting. Smith was being held in detention for her participation in the 2012 slaying of her stepfather. 

Plainclothes detectives went into the restaurant and made contact with the girl and confirmed that it was Smith.  Smith confirmed her identity but no other statements were made. Deputies transported Smith to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center on a Ohio Department of Youth Services Order of Apprehension issued for her. 

Throughout today officers and deputies from the Marion City Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the MARMET Drug Taskforce were investigating and following up on leads that were coming in on social media and other sources.  The Ohio Department of Youth Services was notified of Smith’s apprehension.  This incident will continue to be investigated and any additional charges that might be filed will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office.

There is no additional information concerning this incident at this time.



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