You may or may not already know the story of Ava Michelle Reinhard, a fifteen year old runaway. Ava has been missing since Wednesday, April 23, at around 8:30am. She left home and did not take her phone with her, and her plans (supposedly) are to train hop to California, specifically, we think, to Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park. Ava has blonde hair (with her trademark rebellious red streak underneath) and blue eyes. She is 5’7” and was last seen wearing all black with a red, yellow, and green beanie. There is a Help Us Find Ava page on Facebook with over 2,500 likes and her story is being spread throughout the country. But despite all of the efforts to find her, Ava has evaded all attempts, and remains missing over 196 hours later.
If you have followed the story, you know Ava as a teenager with the above descriptions, as a girl whose family and friends desperately await her return, and as someone to keep an eye out for. Maybe you have liked the page, have shared her story with friends, have tweeted about it or shared it on Facebook, or maybe you will do so. But to you, she is, no matter how much anyone prays for her safety or comforts her family or sympathizes with the all too familiar story, a random teen runaway.
But to me, she is so much more.
Ava Reinhard is a very, very good friend of mine. I would even go so far as to say she is one of my best friends. To me she is a spontaneous rebel, a hilarious confidante, and one tough ass cookie. Despite everything she has been through (which is a lot), she is always willing to hear about your problems and cheer you up. (While Ava isn’t really one for advice, she will readily offer an F them to make you smile.) She’s always up for an adventure, she’s never afraid to do and say what she wants, and she could care less what you think. She embodies the carefree way I wish I could live my life.
Though she may never see this, this post is for my friend Ava. I hope you are enjoying your adventure, but I hope you come home eventually. I miss you more than you know.
Submitted with undying love for,
Ava Michelle Reinhard,
I remain Madilyn Jayne Turken