POLICE DRAIN LAKE, MUM ABOUT REASON

Active missing persons cases include woman from Troy who vanished

CAROL DEMARE STAFF WRITER
Section: Capital Region,  Page: B4

Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2010

ALBANY -- Police began draining Tivoli Lake on Tuesday as part of an undisclosed investigation.


Among the active missing persons cases is that of a Troy woman who disappeared three months ago.


Ashley Marie Carroll, 24, vanished after telling friends she was meeting up with a boyfriend in the area of First Street in Albany. Her mother, who lives in Rensselaer, reported Carroll missing to police in that city, where Carroll previously lived. Albany police subsequently joined the search.


Carroll had an apartment in Troy with her 1-year-old daughter, Arionnah. The girl is being cared for by relatives.


"As part of the overall investigation, they plan on draining the lake," Detective James Miller said eary Tuesday.


Later, Miller said the draining would continue Wednesday. "There is no information that Ashley Carroll is located there at this time," he said, declining further comment.


Late last month, family members of the missing woman organized a search through the Tivoli Preserve, which is bordered by Livingston Avenue and Northern Boulevard.


There had been tips that evidence could be found in that area, police said.


The search found nothing but a shovel and what looked like fresh dirt. Police dug up the pile of dirt, but found nothing, Miller said.


On May 6, a friend dropped off Carroll, who did not have a car, at Quail and First streets in the West Hill neighborhood, police have said.


Her boyfriend, Jermon McLean, who she was planning to meet, told police he never saw her. Family members have said Carroll was arguing with McLean through text messaging.


The woman's family created a Facebook page with photos of Carroll, hoping it would produce leads.


She has hazel eyes, long brown hair and olive skin, is 5-foot-5 and weighs about 140 pounds. A $5,000 reward is being offered.