Monday April 26th. 2010
The morning of April 26th. 2010 started out typically for the Lowitzer family. Like so many mornings before, Ali found herself rushed as she made her way to the bus stop. Ali made it to the bus on time and went on to have a typical day at Spring High School. Ali's family members also went on to have typical days.
Last Phone Call To Mom
At approximately 2:30 PM, just prior to leaving the Spring High School campus, Ali called her mother to discuss the possibility of picking up her paycheck and also her working at the Burger Barn that afternoon. This was a new job for Ali and she had only worked for Ibrahim Banat for a couple of weeks.
Leaving Spring High School
Approximately 2:25 PM
Ali's image is captured by the Spring High School surveillance system leaving the school from the appropriate exit.
Boarding School Bus
Approximately 2:30 PM
Moments later her image is captured boarding the appropriate bus at the appropriate time for the ride home.
Exiting School Bus
Approximately 2:45 PM
As expected, her image is again captured as she exited the bus with others at her stop, three houses from home.
What Happened After She Exited The School Bus?
A couple of boys got off the bus and walked in the direction of their home. They both reported that Ali was lagging behind, but nothing out of the ordinary. The last eyewitness accounts of Ali state she was walking towards Treaschwig Road. The last communication recorded was a text message sent from Ali at 2:57 PM to a friend asking them to come over later that afternoon, this is approximately 10 minutes after exiting the school bus.. We can assume that ten minutes of casual walking put Ali somewhere on Treaschwig Road, heading towards the Burger Barn. This is where the typical day for the Lowitzer's changes dramatically.
Jo Ann Lowitzer returned home from work at her normal time. She had allowed Ali to walk up to the Burger Barn earlier that afternoon because it meant so much to Ali and at that time of day, she assumed it would be alright. Since Ali was not home when Jo Ann arrived, she also assumed she was working at the Burger Barn, since she intended to ask about working that afternoon. If Ali chose anything different, she would have been home or in communication with her mother. Ali is very avid with using cell phones and sending text messages, averaging over 4000 messages a month. Jo Ann figured Ali would call or message her when she got a break and planned to pickup Ali at closing time.
Jo Ann sent Ali a text message around seven just to checkup on Ali. She didn't want to call her because Ali may be busy and didn't want her to use her cell phone inappropriately at work. After a while of not getting a response, she sent another message and started to become slightly concerned. By about eight that evening after getting no responses to her text messages, she began calling and leaving messages.
Jo Ann went to the Burger Barn shortly after nine that night to pick up Ali and find out what the problem with the cell phone was. It usually takes about a half-hour or so for all the employees to clean up and shut everything down for the night. To Jo Ann's surprise, The Burger Barn was closed, lights-out and doors-locked when she arrived shortly after nine. This is when the hair on the back of her neck stood-up and she became very concerned about Ali.
A Night Etched In The Hearts and Minds of The Lowitzer Family
Jo Ann contacted other family members including Ali's dad, John. They began contacting Ali's friends and driving to the houses of friends in hopes of finding their beloved daughter and find out what was going on, this was so "Not Like" Ali. After a couple of hours of frantically trying to contact or locate Ali with no results, they contacted local law enforcement and reported her missing. Throughout all of this, they had hope that Ali would simply come home and have an explanation for what happened.
What Do You Do When You Don't Know What To Do?
After a long night of contacting friends, parents, known hangouts and driving around the neighborhood, they contacted the Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children. While local law enforcement questioned the boys that exited the school bus with Ali and the employees at the Burger Barn, they stated to the Lowitzer's that there was no evidence of any crimes taking place and listed Ali as a runaway teenager. This was very discouraging and heartbreaking for the family and they strongly disagreed with law enforcement stating that this was not typical behavior from Ali and there were circumstances that certainly suggest foul play.
Ali was an avid texter and used her cell phone often, yet all communication including pinging cell towers stopped at about 3:00 PM. Ali's room was exactly as it was that morning prior, her cell phone charger, clothes, makeup, jewelry and things that were very important to her were not missing. If Ali was to "runaway", many of these items would be gone as well. In addition, the paycheck she intended on picking up was reported by the manager of the Burger Barn as not being picked up yet. The employees also claimed not to have seen Ali. Ali rarely went out with friends and loves her creature comforts of home. Her friends would usually come hangout over at her house. Ali is artistic and liked being in her room, drawing, painting, listening to music while texting her friends. Ali is an active girl involved in softball, Girl Scouts, choir and art. She had plans in the near future she looked forward to which included a birthday party for a friend in which Ali was involved in the arrangements. What more do you need?
Thankfully, the Laura Recovery Center took a different approach, immediately establishing a command center, coordinating search teams and volunteers to search the area. For two weeks straight, the Laura Recovery Center organized and executed awareness alerts, flyer distribution and searches. Literally hundreds of search team members and volunteers from the community searched in wooded areas, creeks and houses in the area, with the help of local mounted search and rescue teams, search dogs, ATV's and boats.
Today we know as much as we did the day following her devastating disappearance. She got off the bus that day with all the good intentions and mindset of a typical teenager and simply disappeared without a trace. Searches, leads, private investigators and law enforcement have not turned up anything for the family to have any particular path of hope. She could very well be alive anywhere in the world. Not knowing or having any direction at all, puts the family in the position of doing everything possible, everyday, their daughter needs them. The Lowitzer family needs you too. They need all the help they can get spreading awareness and raising funds to keep Ali's story and hope of bring her home, alive. Please consider adopting Ali's story and getting involved.
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Ali didn't do anything to deserve this happening to her and she didn't ask for it either. Likewise, the family struggles to deal with this overwhelming responsibility to their beloved daughter. We thank everyone for their participation and contributions in finding Ali, we are overwhelmed on two fronts, the side that Ali is missing and the side that wants to find her. Our emotions have certainly been time tested, however, Ali is still missing. Please learn more about Ali's disappearance, follow us on Facebook and find a comfortable method of involvement. We need every caring person everywhere to help us. You will see some pretty amazing people have done some very creative things to spread awareness about the disappearance of Alexandria Lowitzer.