Colorado Woman Missing For Three Years

| by Karin Sun
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The case of a young Colorado woman who went missing in 2013 remains unsolved three years later. The woman's body has not been found.  

Kelsie Schelling, 21, of Denver, Colorado, disappeared on Feb. 4, 2013, according to The Denver Post. The young woman, who was two months pregnant at the time, reportedly texted an ultrasound picture to her boyfriend, Donthe Lucas, on the morning of her disappearance. Lucas was reportedly the father of her child.

That night, Schelling drove to the southern Colorado city of Pueblo to meet Lucas at his request. The two arranged to meet at an intersection near Lucas' grandmother's home. The last text messages sent from Schelling's phone that night indicated that she was in Pueblo waiting for Lucas, who was late.

"Where you at?" the woman texted, at one point threatening to leave because it was getting late. "I'll be there in a minute," Lucas kept reassuring her over and over, reports The Denver Post.

Schelling, who was 5 feet 4 inches and weighed about 120 pounds, was never seen again.

Pueblo police investigating the case later discovered a video recording showing an individual, believed to be Lucas, driving Schelling's car into a local Wal-Mart parking lot around 12:05 a.m. on Feb. 5, The Denver Post reported. The young woman was nowhere to be seen.

Around 7:20 a.m. the next morning, an unidentified man wearing sunglasses, gloves and a hoodie came out from behind the Wal-Mart store, climbed into Kelsie's car, and drove it out of the lot.

The vehicle was found abandoned in the parking lot of a local hospital on Feb. 14. A video recording showed the car being driven into the lot around 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 7.

Investigators also determined Lucas withdrew $400 in cash from an ATM at a local bank using Kelsie's ATM card on the night of her disappearance, according to KKTV. Months later, the landlord of a Pueblo apartment that had been rented to Lucas' mother reportedly discovered that the bottom of the carpet was soaked in what appeared to be blood.

Lucas was arrested Feb. 15, 2013 on charges of identity theft and theft less than $500, and was later released from jail on $25,000 bail. Police did not charge him with murder because Schelling's body was never found.

In 2015, Schelling's family brought a civil suit against Lucas and his family, several police officers involved in the case, and the city of Pueblo. The family claimed in the lawsuit that police botched the investigation by not searching Lake Minnequa in Pueblo after a local fisherman reported snagging his line on what he believed was a dead body, KKTV reported.

A magistrate judge in Pueblo has recommended that the lawsuit against the police be dismissed, since local laws do not permit people to sue over police investigations.

Schelling's mother, Laura Saxton, said she believed her daughter was dead. Without a body, the grieving mother may never know exactly what happened to the young woman on the night she disappeared.

"Her smile could light up a room, and her laugh would make everyone laugh and I miss hearing that," Saxton told KKTV about her daughter. "I'm scared of when I don't remember what it sounded like." 

Sources: The Denver Post, KKTV / Photo credit: Laura Saxton via KKTV

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