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Investigation into girl's death continues in Lancaster County

Updated: Tuesday, January 14 2014, 06:05 PM CST
Reported by: Chris Papst

LANCASTER – The body of a woman found in Clay Township, Lancaster County, has been identified as that of missing 23-year-old Ashely Lynn Kline.

Kline had been missing since Dec. 30 from her father’s home in Robesonia, Berks County. Her death has been ruled a homicide and police are now trying to figure out who killed her – and why.

The case is being handled by the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office because the body was found in that jurisdiction, but that could change depending on where she was killed. 

"Everyone’s got knots in their stomachs from anxiety, just worrying about what could have happened,” Michael Kline, Ashley's father, said just hours before finding out his daughter was killed.

Her body, which had suffered serious blunt-force trauma, was found in a dense, wooded area in northern Lancaster County. 

Following her disappearance, an extensive search ensued which ended with the discovery of her body around 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

Police say Kline’s body was found by hikers in the Middle Creek Wildlife Management area near Laural Drive. The coroner said her body had been there for days.

Autopsy results revealed that Kline died of “substantial trauma.” Dental records were used to identify her body. 

"She’s a really good kid. She is really trusting and maybe that was her downfall,” Michael Kline said.

Little information has been provided about the investigation. If it’s discovered Kline was killed outside Lancaster County, then the jurisdiction in which the murder occurred will take over the case. 
Investigation into girl's death continues in Lancaster County

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