Naw, that's the first thing they'd look for is a relationship/connection between the two. If there was one, they'd would have found it out quickly.
I would guess that the authorities knew a lot of Ashley's tale was FOS. But they had their man and a nice PR story for the masses to swoon over, and to cover up some of the major screwups of the entire affair. So they either looked the other way or didn't look at all - intentionally.