TAMPA — Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies hope to find out soon what happened to 16-year-old Ashley Lyon after she left her Valrico home on June 11 with a registered sex offender.
Investigators traveled to Lafayette, La., on Friday to attempt to interview Lyon at the hospital, where she is still in serious condition and recovering from multiple stab wounds.
Lyon still faces a long recovery after police say Myers stabbed her nine times following a high-speed police chase through southern Louisiana on June 19. Until recently, she hasn’t been well enough to talk to investigators about what occurred during the week after she helped Myers plan their getaway and ran away from home.
“They want to get a timeline and understand what took place,” said sheriff’s office spokesman Larry McKinnon.
Hillsborough deputies will work together with the Lafayette Police Department as they investigate the case and will consult with Lyon’s doctors and her parents about the best way to talk to her, McKinnon said.
Myers, who is from Plant City, remains in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. Prosecutors in Louisiana and Florida also will determine when he will be extradited back to Hillsborough, authorities said.
While in Louisiana, Hillsborough deputies also will serve Myers with a warrant charging him with five counts of using a cellphone to seduce and solicit a minor for sex, deputies said.
He already faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated property damage in Louisiana. In Hillsborough, he faces additional charges of attempted sexual activity with a minor, traveling to meet a minor and interfering with child custody.
Lyon, who has been diagnosed as bipolar, went willingly with Myers, Hillsborough deputies said. She met him through his sons, who live with Myers’ ex-wife in the same Valrico neighborhood as Lyon’s family. She and Myers exchanged thousands of text messages, police said.
Lyon did not take her medicine with her, which made her vulnerable to Myers’ “manipulation,” authorities said.
On June 18, a cashier at a truck stop off Interstate 10 in Louisiana recognized the pair from their photos on national media. Employees called police, which led to a 40-mile chase on I-10.
Police used tire spikes to deflate the truck’s tires, but Myers drove on the rims until the truck caught fire and he was forced to stop. Authorities said that after Myers stabbed Lyon, he got out of the truck waving a knife, yelling at police to shoot him. When officers didn’t respond, Myers stabbed himself, police said.
Myers was hospitalized and released June 20, when he was booked into jail.