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April 30th, 2008 10:22 PM
Gorza Ashley Lynn Howley

Name: Ashley Lynn Howley

Place: Columbus, Ohio

Date of Birth: July 14, 1983, 20 years old at time of disappearance

Description: White Female
5' 4" Tall
115 lbs.

Brown hair with blond highlights

Brown eyes

Tatoos across back, Playboy bunny tatoo on hip, tatoo of Cancer sign on right shoulder

Ashley's ears and tongue were pierced.

On June 16, 2004 Ashley Howley was last seen at a pool with a friend, when a man she knew intimately, allegedly threatened to kill her. Later it is known that Ashley called 911 and said she had been assaulted but refused medical treatment. After she was reported missing, detectives searched her apartment but found no signs of foul play at the apartment. Ashley's car was a 1995 gold Pontiac Bonneville with Ohio License #ER94JA which was located a few miles from her home, about a month after her disappearance.

At the time of her disappearance, Ashley worked as a dancer at the Dockside Dolls located at 2210 E Dublin-Granville Rd.

Ashley has not contacted her family or friends since the early morning hour of June 18, 2004. Ashley is officially considered missing/endangered but her family believes she is no longer alive.

If you have any information about this case, please contact:

Detective Redman at the Columbus Police Department (614)645-4730.


The Central Ohio Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the location of Ashely Howley.

The family wishes you to know

Ashley's family desperately want to locate her body and bring her home to them. Please if you know where Ashley is call Detective Redman, you can remain anonymous.
April 30th, 2008 10:23 PM
Gorza Son held in double killing

Man also is suspect in disappearance of girlfriend in '04

By Jodi Andes, Theodore Decker and John Futty

January 3, 2008

A 25-year-old man accused of killing his mother and her boyfriend in Minerva Park in December also is the suspect in the disappearance of a Columbus woman 3 1/2 years ago.

Robert P. MacMichael II is being held in the Franklin County jail on two charges of aggravated murder in the beating deaths of Barbara Rush and Greg Bartee.

MacMichael was Ashley Howley's boyfriend when the 20-year-old woman disappeared in June 2004. Police investigators are convinced that she was killed but haven't found her body.

"He remains our only suspect," Sgt. Jeff Sacksteder of the Columbus police cold-case squad said yesterday.

MacMichael's criminal history dates to age 15 and includes delinquency charges of attempted murder, robbery and burglary, according to Juvenile Court.

Rush and Bartee's bodies were found Friday in the bedroom of Rush's Minerva Park home. They had been beaten to death.

Deputies arrested MacMichael at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday as he was driving just north of Minerva Park. MacMichael refused to speak to detectives and asked for a lawyer, Franklin County Chief Deputy Steve Martin said.

MacMichael told a Dispatch reporter on Saturday that he had seen and talked with his mother and her boyfriend on Friday. But detectives in the sheriff's office said Rush and Bartee might have been dead two days before their bodies were discovered that night in the home at 2702 Maplewood Dr.

Yesterday, Franklin County Municipal Court Judge W. Dwayne Maynard set bail at $500,000 for MacMichael. Prosecutor Jack Wong said the man, whose last known address was listed in court documents as his father's home on Olentangy River Road, might have been hiding during the investigation of the homicides.

MacMichael had been staying at a budget motel on Rt. 23 near I-270, north of Worthington, for at least part of the time since the slayings, Martin said.

Detectives think MacMichael took Bartee's truck after the killings, but he was driving a different vehicle when he was stopped Tuesday night. The truck had been found at an apartment complex near Grandview Heights and was impounded, Martin said.

A man renting a room in the Minerva Park house found the bodies when he opened a locked bedroom door because he hadn't seen Rush, 49, and Bartee, 43, for a while.

MacMichael was charged with assaulting his mother in December 2006.

Minerva Park police said Rush was trying to get away from her son when he grabbed her by the arm and wouldn't let her leave. The charge was later dropped.

Because of the Howley case, Martin said his investigators are working closely with Columbus homicide detectives.

"We're sharing everything with them," he said.

Howley called police to her apartment off Schrock Road on June 16, 2004, to report that MacMichael had assaulted her. She spoke to a girlfriend the following afternoon but hasn't been seen since.

MacMichael was put on probation in September 2003 for assaulting Howley. A municipal judge revoked his probation in October 2004, in part because of the report that he had assaulted Howley again in June. In a document filed with the court at the time, MacMichael's probation officer identified him as "the primary suspect in Ms. Howley's disappearance."

Howley's father, Mark Howley of Livonia, Mich., said yesterday that he has no doubt about MacMichael's role in her disappearance.

"What I know and what everybody knows is that he killed her," he said. "What we don't know is what he did with her body."

In the weeks after his daughter disappeared, Howley called MacMichael and his mother repeatedly, demanding information.

Barbara Rush complained to police, and Mark Howley was charged with telephone harassment and aggravated menacing. There are warrants for his arrest because he never came to Ohio from Michigan to answer the charges.

"I'm her father," he said of the calls. "What would you have done?"

MacMichael was first arrested at age 15, according to Juvenile Court records, when he was accused of stealing a gun and holding a man in a choke hold so he could take money from his pocket. In a plea deal, he admitted to a delinquency count of receiving stolen property, the gun.

At 17, MacMichael admitted that he went to a Westerville apartment at 4:14 a.m. and stabbed the male occupant with a hunting knife with a 5 1/2 -inch blade. He pleaded guilty to a delinquency count of felonious assault.

Police twice arrested MacMichael last year on charges of having hypodermic needles for cocaine or heroin use. He pleaded guilty to one charge and the other was dismissed.

In October, he was accused of leaving a Macy's store with $486.48 in shirts and pants without paying for them. That theft charge is pending.

Dispatch reporter Bruce Cadwallader contributed to this report.
April 30th, 2008 10:24 PM
Gorza Police: Remains A Match For Ashley Howley


April. 9, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus Police confirmed after 2 p.m. Tuesday that the human remains found at a Perry Township home late last week are those of Ashley Howley, NBC 4 reported.

Howley had been missing since June 2004.

"Investigators received information that there were human remains in this area," Columbus Police Sgt. Rich Weiner said.

There was speculation Friday that the body was Howley's, and the area where the remains were found is significant.

The wooded area where investigators completed a three-day search was directly behind the home of Robert MacMichael, the father of Robert MacMichael II.

MacMichael II is currently in jail and is accused of killing his mother and her boyfriend in a Minerva Park home earlier this year. His trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 1.

MacMichael II also is the boyfriend of the 20-year-old dancer and was the only suspect in her disappearance, according to police.
April 30th, 2008 10:27 PM
Gorza Thread on Barbara Rush and Greg Bartee.
April 30th, 2008 10:30 PM
Gorza Woman's remains identified

Ex-boyfriend only suspect in 2004 case

By John Futty

April 9, 2008

Mark Howley can finally put his daughter to rest.

With the help of a forensic dentist, investigators identified yesterday skeletal remains found beside the Olentangy River in northern Franklin County as those of Ashley Howley, who disappeared nearly four years ago.

"I get to bring her home," Mr. Howley said from Livonia, Mich., where Ashley was born and raised. "The funeral and burial will be here."

Family and friends long have been convinced that Ashley was slain when she went missing from her North Side apartment in June 2004.

The trauma of not knowing what happened to her and whether she ever would be found took an emotional toll on the family, especially her mother, Jackie Stanton, who died in February 2007.

She was another victim of Ashley's killer, said Mr. Howley, Stanton's ex-husband.

"She drank herself to death," he said. "She'd be alive today if it hadn't been for Ashley's disappearance."

No one has been charged in Ashley's death, but Columbus homicide investigators have called former boyfriend Robert P. MacMichael II their only suspect. Howley, a 20-year-old who danced at a North Side strip club, disappeared a day after calling police to report that MacMichael had assaulted her.

Her remains were discovered last week in woods next to a house just south of the Delaware County line where MacMichael sometimes lived with his father.

MacMichael, 25, has been jailed since January on charges that he murdered his mother and her boyfriend in their Minerva Park home in December.

"Until I heard he was arrested for killing his mother and her boyfriend, I didn't think Ashley would ever be found," said Mr. Howley, who blames MacMichael for his daughter's death.

Although investigators aren't saying who pointed them to the marshy area off Edgecliff Drive near Rt. 315, Mr. Howley suspects that one of MacMichael's acquaintances provided a tip after MacMichael was arrested in the double homicide.

Detective Russell Redman of the division's cold-case squad, who has investigated the Howley disappearance from the beginning, said new information prompted investigators to begin searching the undeveloped land on April 1. Three days later, police confirmed that human remains were uncovered in a shallow grave.

"It's like a ton of bricks off my chest," Redman said after the remains were identified.

Franklin County Coroner Brad Lewis said Dr. Dan Jolly, a clinical dentist who recently retired from Ohio State University, made the identification yesterday.

An Ohio State anthropologist, Sam Stout, supervised the recovery of the remains and is examining them for any sign of trauma, Lewis said.

"Sometimes it can be very difficult to determine a cause of death with skeletal remains," he said.

Police haven't given up hope that homicide investigators will receive fresh tips about the case.

"We believe there are still some people out there with information about the disappearance," said Sgt. Richard Weiner, a police spokesman. "Now that we've found her remains, hopefully they will be willing to come forward with some information."

Dispatch reporter Theodore Decker contributed to this story.
April 30th, 2008 10:35 PM
Robert P. MacMichael II