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Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 03/07/2008 - 5:31pm.

WILMINGTON -- How young is too young to travel alone? Greyhound sold a bus ticket to a 17-year-old Hampstead teen and now her mother wants answers. On New Year's Eve Ashley Ryan bought a bus ticket from the Wilmington Greyhound station and traveled to Florida without telling her friends or family. Her mother Julie said her daughter was not asked to show identification. Ryan said if there was a different policy required to buy a bus ticket, her daughter would have never been able to run away. Ryan said, "If they had required ID, she couldn't have gotten on the bus because she carried no ID with her." A Greyhound spokesperson said the company allows people as young as 15 years-old to buy a ticket and travel alone. Ryan said, "How many runaways could be prevented if the bus station would at least require an ID for a young looking person?" The Greyhound spokesperson said ID's are required to be checked at only some locations. Greyhound issued the following statement about teens buying tickets: "It's the parents or legal guardians who have to determine whether their children are mature enough to travel unaccompanied." But in the case of Julie Ryan, she had no idea her daughter bought a ticket until she was in Florida. Ryan said, "It makes me wonder how much else goes through the bus lines that could be stopped if they required identification." Ryan referred to the case of Cpl. Cesar Laurean, the Marine wanted in the murder of Lance Cpl. Marine Maria Lauterbach. He is said to have been spotted on a Greyhound bus in Louisiana. In the case of Julie Ryan's daughter, Ashley, there's a clear bottom line for Ryan. "It could have been prevented if the bus lines required ID," she said.

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