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Family told police missing woman was depressed, possibly on drugs

29-year-old Ashley Brown's car found on Mathews Bridge on Thanksgiving

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Friends and family of a 29-year-old woman are pleading for answers after she disappeared last week.

Jacksonville police found Ashley Brown's vehicle Thanksgiving Day on the Mathews Bridge. The key was still in the ignition and the car was running. Brown's purse and wallet were left in the front seat. Brown was nowhere to be found.

The missing-persons report said police do not suspect foul play in her disappearance, and that evidence on the bridge's metal railing is consistent with someone sitting on the edge. Crews have searched the river, but there was no sign of her body.

The report also indicated that Brown's mother, Darlene Greene, told officers that Brown was depressed, possibly using drugs and frequently met men online.

But Greene told News4Jax on Monday that some of that isn't true.

"That's in the police report? That's my first time hearing it," Greene said. "That's very private information, if it was information."

Brown's brother, Christian Cooper, has posted fliers around his neighborhood. He says his sister's disappearance doesn't make sense.

"She was supposed to go hang out with a friend," Cooper said. "That's when everything went cold with her."

Cooper said Brown has two children and would never leave them alone on a holiday. He said his sister could be in danger.

Cooper said he believes someone knows where his sister is and needs to speak up.

Family members are asking anyone with information about Brown's whereabouts to call police at 904-630-0500.

"I just pray someone would come forth with some information that will lead us to her or to let us know what happened to her, if something did happen to her," Greene said. "But right now, we don't have any answers."

Brown has brown eyes and brown hair, is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. Distinguishing marks include a tattoo on her arm, strawberries tattooed on her lower back, and a "Rest in Peace Vonn" tattoo on her ankle. She has a birthmark on her right upper calve, a scar from a cesarean section and a scar from having her gallbladder removed.

News4Jax crime and safety analyst Gil Smith said police are likely following normal procedures for a missing person's case.

"I'm also sure they're interviewing any friends she may have had (and) checking her Facebook posts," Smith said.