Missing 41-year-old woman found after Purple Alert issued, Osceola deputies say

Catrina Ashley was last seen leaving work at 1 p.m. last week, deputies said

Catrina Ashley was last seen Tuesday in the area of the 1700 block of Hotel Plaza Boulevard in Buena Vista, according to Osceola County deputies and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – A missing 41-year-old woman was reported found Wednesday afternoon after a Purple Alert was issued earlier this week, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Catrina Ashley had last been seen July 26 in the area of the 1700 block of Hotel Plaza Boulevard in Buena Vista, according to Osceola County deputies and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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The sheriff’s office said Ashley’s coworkers at the Hilton reported that she arrived at work but left early, around 1 p.m.

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Yvette Oneil, Catrina Ashley’s aunt, told News 6 she flew down with her niece, Octavia Ortiz, from New York the moment she heard Ashley disappeared.

“She’s a daughter to me, and she is very dear, of course,” Oneil said.

Ortiz is Ashley’s cousin and said they grew up like sisters, even sharing the same bedroom.

“We’re so close. We shared a lot together,” Ortiz said..

Both Oneil and Ortiz told News 6 that they first found out Ashley had disappeared when they got a call from Ashley’s husband.

“Just said Catrina is missing, and she came home from work. She left work sick on Tuesday, and after that, no one has seen her,” Oneil said.

Oneil said they are praying for Ashley’s safe return and asking anyone with information to contact authorities.

“If you do see her, just reach out to the number that’s been broadcasted, and understand that she’s loved, she’s well cared for, we miss her dearly,” Oneil said.

Ashley was reported found, though officials have not yet released information concerning her condition.


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