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A Missing Persons poster from the FBI details Ashley Summers' case. (Source: FBI) A Missing Persons poster from the FBI details Ashley Summers' case. (Source: FBI)
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released an age-enhanced photo of what Ashley Summers may look at 18 years old. (Source: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released an age-enhanced photo of what Ashley Summers may look at 18 years old. (Source: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

(RNN) - The safe discovery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight at a Cleveland home blocks from where they disappeared 10 years ago brings renewed interest in another teen who went missing from the same area in 2007.

And for the family who misses her, new hope that after nearly six years of searching and praying, she might finally be found.

Ashley Summers, 14 at the time, disappeared from the same neighborhood as Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight.

All the girls were around the same age. Berry was a day shy of her 17th birthday in 2003, DeJesus was 14 when she disappeared in 2004. Knight, now 32, disappeared in 2002.

Linda Summers, Ashley's stepgrandmother, says the family has gotten through "by supporting each other, a lot of prayer … that's the best you can do."

There is no official word on whether Ashley's disappearance is connected. And Linda Summers says, to her knowledge, she did not know the other women.

But police have long thought the disappearance of Berry, DeJesus and Summers might be linked.

"It's always been in the back of our minds, 'Are these connected?' Obviously Ashley was not at the residence [where Berry, DeJesus and Knight were found] … is this something in everybody's minds? Absolutely," said Cleveland-based FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson. 

In 2009, then Cleveland-based Special Agent Scott Wilson said "We kind of put all three of these cases together to work them to see if there's any connection.

"It's certainly very concerning to us that we have three young girls missing from the same general area and we have to look at every possibility of what happened to them."

Summers says Ashley initially ran away in July 2007, packing her clothes and taking them with her.

However, she dropped off all her social media accounts, didn't answer phone calls and eventually investigators began to believe she may be being held against her will.

Linda Summers believes she saw Ashley in November 2007, a few months after she disappeared.

Her hair had been cut and dyed blonde.

"We're 95 percent sure it was her. It was nighttime, we were driving in one direction and she was walking towards us. The young lady who looked like Ashley was staring deeply into the car like she recognized it," Linda Summers said.

By the time she was able to turn the car around, the woman had disappeared. 

She hasn't been seen since.

The Summers' hope the rescue of Berry, DeJesus and Knight, as well as the renewed interest in Ashley's case can bring new leads that might finally bring her home.

"When I heard who it was, I was so overjoyed because Ashley's case has been tied in the past to Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus and so I was hoping for information," Linda Summers said.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released a photo of what Ashley may look like around age 18.

If you have information on the whereabouts of Ashley Summers, call the Cleveland office of the FBI at 216-522-1400.

"She is just somebody that her family really misses," Linda Summers said. "She even has a few brothers and sisters who she has never met and never seen."

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