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Tiger Truck Stop employee who spotted missing teen speaks out, still in shock

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POSTED: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 4:25pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 8:08am

A 16 year old girl reported missing from Tampa last week has been found right here in our own backyard. Ashley Lyon walked into the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Wednesday night and someone recognized he. But getting her to safety, wasn't easy.

Fawn Domingue works at the Tiger Truck stop in Grosse Tete. On Wednesday night she looked up from the register and saw a familiar face.

“I looked at Ashley and we looked at each other dead in the face then I realized exactly who it was,” said Fawn Domingue.

It was Ashley Lyon, a missing teen from Florida. Fawn recognized her from the 'Nancy Grace' face book page.

“It’s a sickening feeling to know the type of person I had less than a foot away from me.”

41 year old Steven Myers, bought a pack of cigarettes with Ashley by his side.

“Nothing, she said nothing," noted another employee, Scott Daniel Holbrook.

Without hesitation Fawn called the police.

“This young lady; it may have been the last time anyone ever saw her if we didn’t get the call and made that stop.”

Only mintes after deputies arrived, a high speed chase began when Myers allegedly hit numerous cars along the interstate. The truck was finally stopped with road spikes.

“He was asking the Sheriff and the state police to shoot him. He didn’t want to be captured,” noted Iberville Sheriff Stassi.

And when fawn heard what happened to Ashley only minutes after she left her sight, her stomach dropped.

“It still runs through my mind the torture she went through when she left here but then I think what would have happened to her had I not called.”

“To hear that your daughter your baby has been stabbed, I hear one report that it was possibly up to 40 times and I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone,” said Ashley's father, Roger Lyon.

But despite everything Ashley’s parents can’t say thank you enough.

“It sounds to me like a couple people at a truck stop somewhere in Louisiana, I would be more than happy to hand them that reward,” said Roger Lyon.

“To me she’s a hero,” said Holbrook. 

At last check, Lyon and Myers are still in the hospital in Lafayette. Lyons is doing a lot better than she was this morning. We're told her condition is serious, but stable. Authorities tell us Steven Myers will face multiple charges including attempted murder.

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