WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) – The search continues for a 19-year-old woman who hasn’t been seen for more than a week.
Lea Chali Porter was visiting a friend in Westminster when she left in the middle of the night. Her friend, Christopher Waide, told CBS4’s Jennifer Brice he confronted Porter about drugs that he’d found and she got upset, left, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
“Overall I just want her to be safe,” Waide said.
Porter’s mother, Rene Jackson, said her daughter has no history of drug use and doesn’t believe drugs are a factor in her disappearance. Westminster police haven’t indicated that drugs are involved.
Porter was visiting Waide from Pueblo. She was distraught about a recent breakup with her boyfriend, but Waide says Porter was only in town one day before he confronted her about allegedly having heroin on her.
“Then shortly afterwards she took off,” Waide said. “I thought she was just angry at me because I was playing the part of the concerned friend.”
Waide says he and Porter are high school friends who recently rekindled their friendship through Facebook, a site that Porter is normally engaged in, but stopped last Tuesday night after leaving this apartment.
“It’s definitely odd and obviously concerning to her family,” Cheri Spottke with Westminster police said. “She doesn’t go off the grid and off social media and cellphone.”
Porter’s brother flew in from California to search for her.
“She doesn’t go dark, and if she does go somewhere for a couple days, like a friend’s house, it was always very easy to track her down,” said her brother Maxx Porter.
But nobody has now heard from Porter in about eight days.
Police say Waide is cooperating and allowed detectives to search his apartment where he lives with a roommate.
Multiple neighbors told CBS4 that on Wednesday night a dumpster outside was searched and hauled away along with Porter’s Saturn, which was still in the parking lot, but her personal belongings were gone.
“I was told that I’m not a suspect, but I just want to be as cooperative as possible to make sure I stay that way,” Waide said. “I want her to be safe and I want her to know I want the best for her.”
Police say they want to talk to anyone who might have even saw Porter walking around.
Waide says most of what he was questioned about was his story and if it matched up.