Fawn Domingue says it took a matter of seconds to realize the girl who had walked in her store was Ashley Lyon, a Valrico teenager missing since June 11.
Domingue, a cashier at a Louisiana store, had seen the girl on cable news stations. She immediately told a co-worker to call the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office.
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Lyon, 16, had changed her hair to jet black. According to authorities, she was with Steven Myers, 41, a sex offender who stopped in Domingue’s store to purchase cigarettes.
Domingue’s manager dialed 911 while she hurried out of the truck stop just off Interstate 10 to find Lyon.
"He opened the passenger side door,” she said. “Ashley got in. He walked around to the driver’s side and got in the truck."
But by that time, a Lafayette Parish sheriff’s deputy was pulling into the truck stop. Domingue said Myers peeled out of the truck stop and down I-10, beginning a 40-mile chase that ended when law enforcement used stop sticks to blow out five of the six tries on Myers’ truck.
Lafayette law enforcement said the truck was reported stolen from Florida.
"There's so many parents out there that have missing children that have been missing for 20 years, and they still don't know where they are. At least they're alive,” Domingue said. “ They have some sort of closure. They know where their daughter is now."
Myers is in serious condition from self-inflicted stab wounds, according to law enforcement.
Lyon is also in serious condition from stab wounds.
Two warrants have been issued for Myers, including a charge for attempted first-degree murder.