ST. LOUIS - 26-year-old Aaron Ashby has seemingly vanished. He was coming home on a Greyhound bus from Corpus Christi, Texas after a stay in a drug rehab center.
“Right now, we don’t have any idea where he’s at,” said his father, Danny Ashby. “It was basically a straight shot up.”
Danny said the Palmer Drug Abuse Program in Texas put his son onboard the bus after his rehab stay for synthetic marijuana addiction.
Concerned about his son’s health, the dad said the center requested special assistance for the ride home.
“They changed tickets and when they pulled up another one because the bus broke down,” Ashby said. “They didn’t transfer that over on it.”
San Antonio is the last place the father says he’s aware of his son’s whereabouts.
Ashby said he and his wife were told by Greyhound his son’s bus would arrive Friday at noon.
3 o’clock rolled around and there was no sign of Aaron.
“Then they turned around and said well wait a minute because of the breakdowns,” the father recalls. “Now it’s going to be 8:30 tonight before he comes in. [We] spent the whole night waiting for him to show up, he didn’t show.”
Frustrated, Ashby is just hopeful his son is found safe and he’s asking everyone between here and Texas to be on the lookout.
“That’s it! He’s not going to be back being the person he was, but he’s still one of our kids,” the dad said.
A spokesperson with Greyhound said they would be releasing a statement on this incident soon.
"We’re currently working diligently to locate the whereabouts of the customer, as ensuring our customers remain safe when traveling with Greyhound is the core of our business, and we understand the importance of reuniting him with his family.
The station in Corpus Christi, TX in which the customer began his trip is managed by Valley Transit, not Greyhound. However, we will work closely with them to try to determine the customers current location.
We are committed to making travel easy and convenient for all customers, including individuals with special needs. However, it is essential that customers who need extra assistance ask for help at each location they travel to during their trip, including each driver if there are transfers. The journey from Corpus Christi to St. Louis is more than 24 hours and has three transfers and multiple stops. It’s uncertain if employees and drivers were aware that the customer needed extra assistance at each location.
We will continue to look into the customer’s location and provide an update once one is available."