Saturday, April 26 marks 10 years since Alexandria “Ali” Lowitzer of Spring went missing.

Lowitzer, then 16 years old, was last seen walking from her school bus to her new job at a fast-food restaurant located less than a mile from her home.

A decade later, her family is still searching for her.

“Although it’s been 10 years, we’re no closer to finding Ali today than we were the first day,” Lowitzer’s mother, JoAnn, said in a recent post from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. “But we still have just as much hope in our hearts as we did 10 years ago.”

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The family has been tireless in their efforts to locate their daughter. Over the last 10 years, they have conducted countless community searches, offered rewards, constructed a billboard, were featured on an Investigation Discovery show, “Last Seen Alive,” and moved Houston City Council to adopt a proclamation naming Feb. 3, Lowitzer’s birthday, as Houston’s first Missing Persons Day.

JoAnn continues to post regular blog updates on their website, as well as regularly posting to their Facebook page, Hope for Ali; Alexandria Joy Lowitzer. 

“We all miss her terribly,” JoAnn wrote in a Feb. 19 blog post. “It’s like a roller-coaster you can’t get off of.”

Police first thought she was a runaway, but her parents said that wasn’t true. A private investigator believes Lowitzer may have been a victim of human trafficking, according to the NCMEC. It is still unclear where Lowitzer may be or what may have happened to her.

The Lowitzer’s, the NNCMEC and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in their search.

“No matter how much time has passed, all it takes is the right person to see Ali’s picture and call us,” Angeline Hartmann, Director of Digital and Broadcast Media at NCMEC said in the post.

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When Ali was last seen, her hair was dyed dark red; she had ear and nose piercings, she had braces and was 5’2 and 145lbs. She has brown hair and blue eyes and is now 26 years old. She goes by the nicknames Ali, Alex or AJ.

Anyone with information on Lowitzer’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 1-713-221-6000 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

Rebecca Hennes covers community news. Read her on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site, houstonchronicle.com. | [email protected] 

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