First ‘Night Out For Missing Persons’ Held

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CLEVELAND -- On the very same day Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were rescued on Cleveland's west side, another woman, a mother of two on the east side, went missing.

Her name is Ashley Leszyeski, 21, 5'08", 200 lbs. with blond/brown hair and green eyes.

Cleveland police say she was last seen in the area of E. 96th Street and Heath Avenue, the same location where local law enforcement, including Cleveland police, the FBI and Transit Authority police, are conducting the first "Night Out For Missing Persons."

Two mobile command units were in place on Heath and on the west side, at the intersection of Seymour Avenue at Scranton Road, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday.

"We welcome anyone who might come down, whether it be relatives, friends or people in the community that have concern.  We ask that they come down to report things they've seen or some of their suspicions so that we can follow up on their tips," says 4th District Police Commander Deon McCaulley.

Officials say the goal is to encourage citizens to come forward and provide any and all information they feel may be pertinent to any missing persons investigation.

The command unit is also providing free identification kits for families to keep fingerprints and other information on hand for their young children, should they ever go missing.

Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell, who represents Ward 6 where the event is being held, says, "We always say if you know something, say something and some persons are afraid to come out and because they don't want to be identified and I can understand that, but this is a different operation for us to come forth, tell what we know and hopefully we won't have anyone captive again."

Depending on how successful the event is, officials say they could hold several more in the future.