FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Missing Texas Teen
Lowitzer, Ali to her friends, is an
active 16-year-old who loves to text on her
cell phone and play softball. She has been
missing since April 26 after getting off the
school bus near her home in Spring, TX.
SPRING , TX - Alexandria Lowitzer
seems to have vanished without a trace.
No phone calls, no text messages, no
good-bye letter to indicate she was upset
and wanted to get away from things. No
obvious reason, anyway, for her to be upset.
The last time anyone saw the 16-year-old
teen from Spring, she was getting off the
school bus April 26, only a few feet from
her home on Low Ridge Road.
Since Saturday, May 1, the Laura Recovery
Center for Missing Children, a
non-profit organization based in
Friendswood, has organized a massive onsite
search effort that has so far drawn
approximately 200 volunteers to comb the
extensive wooded area behind the Lowitzer
"We had a horse team out in the woods
through the Greater Houston Search Dog Team,
and they also brought a dog to do some
tracking and trailing," said Bob Walcutt,
executive director of the Laura Recovery
Center, which was contacted by Ali's family.
"So far we have nothing to hang our hat on.
We had some tips, different leads, but
The Houston Police Mounted Patrol covered a
large portion of the wooded expanse,
assisting Precinct 4 Constable's deputies
and Harris County Sheriff's officials in the
recovery effort, Walcutt said, and two men
volunteered to search the area on ATVs.
"We're literally covering areas where
someone could take a person, commit a crime
and [leave] them - large wooded areas,
ponds, creeks," he said. "Around here, there
are a lot of places like that and so far we
have found nothing. We're still no further
along than we were on the first day."
RUNAWAY - OR NOT?
Walcutt said his organization generally
doesn't get involved in runaway cases, which
was still the current status assigned to
Ali's disappearance by law enforcement as of
"If we knew for sure this was a runaway, we
would not be physically here right now," he
explained. "But Alexandria apparently lives
on her phone, uses her text messaging all
the time. When she left, everything stopped
once she got off that bus. Everything. There
has been no activity on that phone since
then, which leads to the possibility that
something may have happened to her at that
Shaye Vaught is a friend of the Lowitzer
family. Her own daughter and Ali are good
friends, and over the years Ali had become a
part of Vaught's family as well.
"I love Ali to death; she's like a third
daughter to me," she said. "She used to be
in my Girl Scout troop, and it was nothing
to have Ali come in the door behind my
daughters after school and stay for dinner."
Vaught, who volunteered at the Laura
Recovery camp all week long, described Ali
as a good kid, very sweet - a kid who would
never run away to leave everything, and
everyone, she loves behind. Those who know
the teen say for her to miss her softball
team's season tournament and her best
friend's 16th birthday party is out of
"She's a teenage girl, sure, but she's not
in any way a troublemaker," she explained.
"She was very excited about her job at
Burger Barn. I think she really liked the
work. She constantly called them to pick up
In fact, officials believe Ali was on her
way to pick up her paycheck from work, only
half a mile from her home, after she got off
the school bus.
Vaught said law enforcement could dedicate
more resources to the search for Ali if her
status were updated to "endangered."
"It's disheartening that she's still listed
as a runaway," she said. "It would step
things up a notch."
Walcutt said law enforcement continues to
conduct its investigation and at this time
there is no hard evidence that foul play is
involved. At the same time, he said, the
complete lack of activity on Ali's cell
phone was enough to convince the Laura
Recovery Center to get involved.
"My best hope is that she is a runaway," he
said. "In that case, she can come home and
be safe and well. If she's not a runaway,
then all bets are off. In 99 out of 100
cases, everything turns out fine, but it's
that one percent that's worrisome. Bad
things do happen."
If you have any information concerning Ali
please contact: Contact: Dawn Davis -
Laura Recovery Center at 906 Anna
Lane, Friendswood, Texas 77546 -
DawnDavis@lrcf.net - 281-785-1268
- or 281-482-5723,
Ali's flyer can be distributed from
The Laura Recovery Center is a
nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, that was
founded in Laura Smither's memory. The
Center focuses on Education, Search, and
Prevention in the area of missing children,
has offered free abduction prevention
programs to over 200,000 children throughout
the greater Houston area, worked with
approximately 1,450 families with missing
loved ones, and has organized 95 community
searches for abducted children nationwide.
The Center trains law enforcement at the
Houston Police Department training academy
and other agencies in Texas, and distributes
educational materials and child ID kits.