50 people in 50 days: Texas girl vanished after leaving bus
February 2nd, 2011
11:51 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Texas girl vanished after leaving bus

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 13th case, and it aired Wednesday night on HLN.

Alexandria "Ali" Lowitzer, 16, was last seen getting off a bus just three houses down from her Spring, Texas, home on April 26.

Shortly before that, she spoke to her mother about her plans to pick up her paycheck from a restaurant just a half-mile walk from the bus stop. Restaurant employees say Ali never made it there.

Police classified her as a runaway. There is no sign of foul play, but her parents feels that something terrible has happened to their daughter.

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  1. Philip

    ...now that's not completely true, for what man can truly know a woman. Women are like a deep well, and you only get 70 or 80 years to dig it. Not near enough time to even sample the cuttings, let alone send them to your lab for analysis. Who can say they really "know" a woman. that would be like saying you came to know how each of her brain cells by name, and that you held her heart in the palm of your puny little hand. A heart if it's emotional capacity were measured in pounds would take four giant elephants riding on the back of a gigantic tortise to support, and even then, the elephants legs would give out. I reckon. 🙂

    February 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    @banasy, that's right, and from the article, I don't see how she can be considered a runaway either. Unfortunately,anything could have happened in that half mile walk.

    February 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    @Red Yankee...and what would that "certain age" be?

    February 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy


    I've seen cops label 12 and 13 year olds "runaways", and while I'm sure some of them may be, ALL of them should be investigated before labeling them as such. Although running away isn't a crime, abduction certainly is! A rubber-stamp label of "runaway", especially when there is no indication that the child had any reason to do so, is simply not right. A missing person is a missing person- no matter what "certain age" they may be!

    February 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @Red Yankee...and what is the girl running away from? And how is it that missing girls are only investigated before your "certain age" is reached, yet petty theft among kids IS investigated? Is a missing girl of lesser value than a street punk who shoplifts for goodies? No, I don't think so bubba.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Paula Joiner Spring Tx.

    ,I live in spring,tx about 4 miles from where Ali lives.since this is a suburb of Houston we do not get the Help from our law enforcement dept. I totally agree this girl has met with something bad. This area is very wooded and would take months to search. For those of you who may want to know,the BURGER BARN is closed and did not to long after she went missing,I have no idea if there is a connection, but that place had been in business for years prior to this. It makes me sick to think the police would think she is not missing, because she had too many things going for her to run away.

    February 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danielle jackson

      Agreed. I also live in spring not too far from the former burgerbarn and graduated a year or two before Ali would've. A friend and I were discussing the anniversary of her disappearance and my friend commented that she'd had two separate friends who were former employees of burger barn tell her that the owner/manager?of that place would touch them inappropriately. Right after ali's disappearance burgerbarn tore up roots and took off. Direct correlation? I think so.

      April 26, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. km

    The thing about some of these cases is it might be someone that they know who knew her schudule. Alot of the time its a person from that area or town that know what happen to some of these victims just the police is not acting fast enough or not looking at the right people. No runaway would call mother and not pick up check.

    February 3, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    ok im convinced i want phillip watchin my back!!!

    February 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kim

    Not all teenagers are runaways. Last December in Redding, Ca, a 16 year old girl was taken from her house by her convicted child molester uncle. The CHP refused
    to put out an amber alert. They state

    She ran away on her own free will. 3 weeks later her uncles car ws foud on the side of a mountain road. 6 weeks after she was taken, she was spotted in San Fransico! Who knows what would've happened had an Amber alert been posted the first day.


    February 3, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    @Kim...sad sad story. They gotta find her. They just got to. @chrissy, ty

    February 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ed bailey

    Your tax money was spent(millions) removing the lead paint and plumbing from the white house. Bush's pooch, Millie received top notch medical care for lead poisoning.Government agencies THAT are supposed to protect use from business's that are killing use with toxins don't do crap! Only a handful of children in an entire year get treated for heavy metal toxicity! Double standard? IF THE cHiLD OF A PROMINENT person disappears it is an immediate crisis. LET THEM Eat CAKE. Sad thoughts, I hope she did run away but I don't think so and the authorities DON'T. CARE. Not enough value, is that sad or what.the prez's dog got better care!

    February 4, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. ed bailey

    Texas might have discovered her parents were demoncrats and drew a line immediately! Nothing would surprise me anymore.

    February 4, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
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