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Valrico, FL -- A Valrico couple is spent Father's Day desperately searching for their teenage daughter.

Ashley Lyon, 16, disappeared earlier this week.

Investigators think she is very likely in the company of a two-time convicted sex offender with whom she had been communicating online.

There is a $5,000 reward being offered in the case.

It's not the way that Roger Lyon and his wife Michelle thought that they would be spending their Father's Day this year.

For several hours, they were going from restaurant to restaurant, bar to bar, visiting pizza shops, ice cream stores, any place willing to help circulate a flyer with their daughter's picture on it, and an image of the man whom they believe that she is with.

Restaurant operator Ying Liu was happy to oblige the family.

"Putting a flyer in our window it's probably the least we can do," she said.

Ashley has been missing since Wednesday night. Her parents found that she had been communicating with 41-year-old Steven Myers of Plant City. Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies say Myers is a registered sex offender.

Phone calls to cell phones belonging to Myers and to Ashley have gone on answered since the night she disappeared.

Her father, a former military intelligence agency says it doesn't take much to connect the dots.

He and volunteers are now going from place to place circulating a flyer with both images on it, hoping someone in the area, Valrico - where Ashley is from, or perhaps Plant City - where Myers is from - has seen either of them.

Until Ashley is home and home safe, Roger Lyon says his Father's Day is on hold.

"Today is not father's day to me. This, and every day for the time being, is "find Ashley Day". It'll be father's day when Ashley comes home," he said.

Myers is known to drive a 1989 Ford Ranger pickup truck with flames painted on the front and sides. Florida Tag # CSJ-M45.

The Lyons say it's possible their daughter and Myers are at a campground. There are also rumors the two may be trying to leave the state and head for Georgia or Texas.

"It angers me," said Ashley's mother Michelle, "that someone thinks that they can just take my daughter. That a grown man can just take my daughter."

"A special prayer will be said for them until something is done or something is found out," said a woman accepting one of the flyers outside a local Publix store.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office, or call 911.

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