Ashley looks for a ride into town
Ashley messages some friends on Facebook, looking for someone to take her from her family's ranch into town. When someone comes to pick her up, she packed some clothes into a blue backpack and left.
Morning: Ashley is last seen
Ashley is last seen on video at a party located somewhere on the reservation in Browning, Montana.
Ashley's Last Known Location
Ashley sends a text to her sister, Kimberly
The text reads "Send me some muns [money]". Kimberly responds "I wish sis but I'm in Africa. Are you okay? Ashley responded "Always".
Sibling of Victim
Sam McDonald claims this is the last time he saw Ashley
He claims that he was with Ashley that morning and she had asked him to take her to a roadside pulloff, claiming that someone named "V-Dog" could pick her up there. Sam did not take Ashley there, instead going to sleep. When Sam woke up, he claimed that Ashley was gone.
Person With Information
A tip comes in to law enforcement
The caller explained that they had seen a young woman running away from a car on a desolate part of Route 89.
Volunteers find a grey sweater, believed to belong to Ashley, in a dump nearby. The volunteers hand the sweater over to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for testing. The family later found out that the sweater had not been sent to a crime lab for testing by the BIA, and it had just sat in a box in their evidence room.
Tee posts an audio recording on YouTube titled "Set Up"
In this since removed video, Tee claims that Paul Valenzuela is framing her for Ashley's disappearance.
Paul is arrested
Paul Valenzuela is arrested and sentenced to 20-months in prison for a prior weapons conviction.
Paul writes a letter from prison to ABC's Nightline
In this letter, he states that he could tell them "who did all this to Ashley. Trust me I am the only one who can." Paul continued in his letter to say that he would only speak to them if he was transferred to a different prison. This was not a possibility for ABC, so he declined an interview.
The FBI takes charge on Ashley's case
After a year without any movement in Ashley's disappearance, the FBI takes charge of her case.
Ashley's family gets permission to search a trailer where Paul and Tee had visited frequently.
Ashley had reportedly visited the same trailer the summer that she disappeared. In this trailer, family members find a maroon stain under the shag carpet.
Kimberly testifies at a hearing to look into concerns about missing and murdered indigenous women
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held this hearing on Capital Hill where family members of missing and murdered indigenous people could share their experiences with law enforcement.
Human remains are found on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation
These remains were sent to an FBI forensics lab, who concluded that the remains did not belong to Ashley. The remains instead belonged to a Native American man between the ages of 45 and 60.