Local family of missing woman finds hope in Cleveland rescue

Posted at: 05/07/2013 5:42 PM
Updated at: 05/07/2013 6:00 PM
By: Kumi Tucker

ALBANY -- Monday, May 6 was the three-year anniversary of the day Ashley Carroll went missing. Her family has not stopped looking for her.

Now this discovery of three missing women in Cleveland has renewed their hope that they will find the missing mom.

"Oh my god, what a blessing for those people!" said Patty DiNovo, Ashley Carroll's aunt. "I mean, the families-- they've finally got closure. And they're alive! I mean, it doesn't get better than that!"

DiNovo takes heart that three missing women have been reunited with their families in Ohio. She hopes her family will be the next to have a happy ending.

Ashley Carroll went missing May 6, 2010. She was last seen in Albany. She was 24 years old when she disappeared. Her family has not stopped looking for her.

Crews drained Tivoli Lake in Albany in August, 2010 as part of the investigation.

Over the years, Ashley's family and friends have taken part in vigils and also blanketed the area where Ashley disappeared, hanging posters of the missing mom.

They show Ashley's little girl pictures of her mother and tell her stories.

"Ari, Ashley's daughter, she'd love to see her mom again. She was not even two. She's going to be five in July. She'd love to see her mom," said DiNovo.

DiNovo and her grand-daughter Elizabeth are in tears as they think of Ashley. They hold on to the hope that if three missing women can be found alive after all those years, then some day they will be welcoming Ashley home, too.

And they won't give up.

"Maybe we'll all still be here and Ashley could be the next one. Or Suzanne Lyall. Or Jaliek," said DiNovo. "It would be wonderful if all of us find our missing."

Ashley's family is again asking to hear from anyone who knows anything about her disappearance.