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Georgia officials also looking for missing Valrico teen and sex offender

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Ashley Lyon’s uncle Todd Lyon hands out fliers in hopes that someone will have information leading to his niece’s whereabouts. Ashley Lyon’s uncle Todd Lyon hands out fliers in hopes that someone will have information leading to his niece’s whereabouts.
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Law enforcement in Georgia tell News Channel 8 that they too are on the lookout for a missing Valrico teen and a sex offender she is believed to be with.

16 year-old Ashley Lyon has been missing since June 11, 2014. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office believes she is with sex offender Steven Myers, who recently moved from Lowndes County, Georgia where he was registered as a sex offender there.

“We’ve heard leads there have been hits from out of state: possibly Georgia, possibly Texas. In a way I feel that would almost be better for the fact that you’re not driving back roads to get to Georgia or Texas, so somebody out there had to see something,” said Ashley’s father Roger Lyon.

Lowndes County Lt. Brad Jones tells News Channel 8 that they have been in communication with the HCSO and that they have checked Myers previous Valdosta address. Myers was register in Valdosta as late as January 15, 2014. He then told law enforcement there he was moving to Plant City and registered as a sex offender there.

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“I’m glad that there are more eyes out there looking just in case they’re not still in the area. I kind of wish it would go out to every single state just in case. The more eyes the better,” said Ashley’s mother Michelle.

Myers was convicted for molesting a seven year-old child in March of 1999 in Forsyth County, Georgia. He had a sentence of 15 years and served only five years.

“He does not have any restrictions other than he cannot live within a thousand feet of a school, playground or church. There is nothing that prohibits him from being in the association of children,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Colonel Donna Lusczynski.

“We don't have anything that says 100 percent they are together,” added Lusczynski. “This one is certainly heightened because she has had contact with a sexual offender and there is always a concern that something could go wrong with that of she's put in a dangerous situation.”

Lyon’s family plans to continue their search for the two on Monday and they are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to Ashley’s return. 

Related: Reward doubles for missing Valrico teen

They spent the weekend handing out fliers in Valrico where they live and in Plant City where Myers lives.

Ashley left home without her bipolar medication which she takes daily.

Monday, Lyon’s parents went to Newsome High School where she attends. The principal there agreed to post fliers so students who are attending summer school will be on the lookout.

“The buzz is I guess fear and sadness that they don’t know what happened to her,” said Principal Carla Bruning.

Their search continued Monday. Anyone with information is asked to call HCSO at 813-247-8200.

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