DENVER (CBS4) – A family is standing united in their search for a missing pregnant woman and taking their case to the public in hopes that someone knows something that might be helpful.
Kelsie Schelling disappeared last month. She was last seen the night of Feb. 4 in Pueblo after traveling there from Denver to meet her boyfriend Donthe Lucas.
Schelling’s mother Laura Saxton said earlier that day her daughter was in Denver for a doctor’s appointment, where she learned she was eight weeks pregnant with Lucas’ child. The family says Schelling went to Pueblo that night at the request of Lucas.
Family members said Monday morning in a news conference in Denver that since her disappearance Schelling’s bank account has been accessed and messages have been sent from her cellphone.
Schelling’s black Chevy Cruz was also caught on surveillance video in a Pueblo hospital parking lot three days after she disappeared, but Schelling isn’t seen in those images and her car in the days since then has not been located.
Schelling’s family says Lucas is refusing to speak with authorities and that they are “not satisfied” with his “original account of the events leading up to Kelsie’s disappearance.”
“We love and miss Kelsie so much and are more deeply saddened to know that whatever happened to her that night also involved her unborn child — my first grandchild — as well. We are doing everything in our power to find our missing loved and one would expect anyone involved to do the same,” Saxton said.
Donthe refused invitations to speak with CBS4 but his mother did so and said her son was arrested for identity theft for using Schelling’s credit card but claims the charges have been dropped. She also said their home and their car were searched by police.
Police so far won’t comment on Donthe’s involvement in the case. Documents regarding Donthe have been sealed by the courts.
Police said they are treating the case as a missing person case but they continue to interview people as part of their investigation.
Schelling’s family is offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest. They have also set up a website called HelpFindKelsie.com in hopes of getting tips from the public.