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Bel Air girl, 15, found after missing nearly a week

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Fliers and Facebook messages flooded the community after a 15-year-old girl was reported missing from her Bel Air area home last Wednesday.

Nearly a week after she was reported missing, police found the girl at her friend's house in Abingdon.

The mother and stepfather of Ashley Testerman, age 15, reported her missing around 8:24 p.m. last Wednesday. Her mother and stepfather said they'd last seen Ashley around 4 p.m. that day, according to Monica Worrell, public information specialist with the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

Her parents told deputies they grounded Ashley after she admitted to taking money that was missing, according to Worrell. After grounding her, Ashley's parents found the screen missing from her bedroom window and she was nowhere in sight, according to Worrell.

Worrell said Ashley had been reported missing in the past, but had often returned the same night or following morning.

The girl was not categorized as critically missing because she didn't meet certain criteria, such as having a life threatening drug dependency, missing more than 24 hours before it was reported to police, living in close proximity of a known child sex offender, believed to be in the company of adults who would endanger her welfare or if the absence is inconsistent with her pattern of behavior.

Fliers with the girl's picture on them were posted in the community and a Facebook group entitled "Ashley Testerman is Missing" was started after Ashley went missing. The group had 199 members as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Police found Ashley at a friend's house in Abingdon, a short distance from her home, around noon Tuesday. After a medical evaluation she was expected to be returned to her parents.

A post saying that Ashley had been found was made to the Facebook group page at 12:39 p.m. Tuesday.

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