When Amanda, Gina, and Michelle Knight were rescued in 2013, they said there was a fourth girl in the house around the same time Ashley went missing. At the time, we spoke to Ashley's aunt, Debra.
She told INSIDE EDITION, "It sounds like a connection. I mean, how they're linked and from the same area. It sounds like it."
The FBI searched the house for evidence that Ashley had been there, but found none. Her family clung to the hope that she was out there somewhere.
Ashley's sisters posted a touching video on YouTube reaching out to her.
In the video Victoria said, "I'm Victoria Summers and I'm making this video for my older sister, Ashley."
Her sister, Jenna, asked, "Do you remember me?"
Then her sister, Julia, "How about me?"
Then Victoria said, "We miss and love you Ashley, come home."
Then came a potentially major break in the case.
It happened when Ashley's step-grandmother, Linda, spotted a picture on a law enforcement website. It showed a young woman who bears a striking resemblance to Ashley wanted in Rhode Island for identity theft!
She told INSIDE EDITION, "I thought immediately that it looked like her. When I compared it to some of her older pictures and other family members, it looked even more like it could possibly be her."
INSIDE EDITION asked facial recognition expert Sean Doucette of Animetrics to compare photos of Ashley at 14 and the identity theft suspect.
He told INSIDE EDITION, "The overall shapes, the different shapes - the nose, eyes, eyebrows and things like that, there's about an 81% likelihood it's the same person."
INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent asked Doucette, "You've given me your scientific opinion, what is your personal opinion, do you think this is Ashley?"
He responded, "I do."
Today happens to be Ashley's birthday, and her family has just one wish.
Linda said, "We love you Ashley, we want you to come home. We all miss you."