Kenia Monge disappearance: Self-described suspect Travis Forbes's dirty panties secret

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Kenia Monge.
Update: It's been almost three weeks since Kenia Monge vanished after a night of partying at a downtown club that should have rejected her due to her age, nineteen. Since then, more disturbing information has surfaced about Travis Forbes, a man who gave her a ride in his van and calls himself as a suspect in her disappearance. The latest has to do with his criminal past, which includes a creepy interest in stealing, poking holes in and marking women's panties.

Monge partied hard at Denver's 24K nightclub on April 1 judging by the photos taken that night, on view below, and her behavior afterward. First, she's said to have left her cell phone and purse behind. Then she was seen walking with a homeless man, after which she was given a ride in a van by Forbes, who was initially described in news accounts as a good Samaritan. He said he dropped off the enormously drunk Monge at a gas station on the 500 block of Speer, where she left with a third man, this one of Asian descent -- and she hasn't been seen since.

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After that initial flurry of reports, however, a different portrait of Forbes began to emerge. According to 7News, police searched his van, which appeared to have new carpeting, and went to a bakery where he rents space, reportedly to manufacture gluten-free granola bars called "Forbies." There, the owner told cops the security system in the space had been turned off that evening -- and video showed Forbes had done so while wearing what looked like a latex glove. On top of that, an employee at a business next door said he saw several men burning something in a 55 gallon barrel behind the bakery late on April 1. Police grabbed a barrel and a yellow rubber glove as evidence. And then there was the large cooler Forbes was seen transporting into the bakery the next day. The Denver Post reports that it had a broken latch and was being held closed with duct tape.

Forbes's record is far from spotless. He admitted to 9News that he spent three years behind bars for a burglary conviction, claiming that he used to be a drug addict and would steal Demerol from dentists offices. He'd also racked up a shoplifting beef and was stopped recently for driving with expired license plates.

But Forbes seems to have left out a few of his more sordid busts. The Post notes that he was arrested as a teenager for breaking into sixteen homes and businesses in Fort Collins. Among the finds police made were several pairs of stolen panties, including two pairs with the letter "M" written on them with a marker and big rips presumably inflicted by Forbes.

Another crime involving women: He was convicted of third-degree assault after throwing rocks at two female joggers back in 2004.

At this writing, no charges have been filed against Forbes. But few would be shocked if that changes before long. Look below to see our previous coverage.

Update, 11:41 a.m. April 14: Still no one charged in the disappearance of Kenia Monge, 19, after a night of clubbing on April 1 -- but the info contained in a search warrant obtained by 7News about a man ID'd by another station as Travis Forbes is disturbing in the extreme.

The document references a switched-off security system, a latex glove and something burned in a 55-gallon drum.

Monge, a recent Cherry Creek High School grad, left the LoDo nightclub 24K at around 12:30 a.m. on the night in question, after which she's said to have walked for a while with a homeless man before accepting a ride from the driver of a van. That man -- Forbes, according to 9News -- says he picked up Mongia because she was drunk, unsteady on her feet and crying. But he insists that after dropping her at a gas station, she left with another man, who he describes as being around five-feet-four-inches tall and possibly Asian, although he and Monge spoke Spanish together. She was fine when he last saw her, he says.

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Travis Forbes.
Forbes, by the way, has a sizable rap sheet, including a burglary conviction for which he spent three years in stir; he claims that he used to be a drug addict and steal Demerol from dentists offices. His most recent brushes with the law involve a Lakewood shoplifting beef from three months back and a stop for driving with expired license plates.

With that kind of history, it would make sense for the Denver cops to look long and hard at him -- and while DPD spokesman Lt. Matt Murray told 9News he wasn't sure why Forbes considered himself the main suspect in the Monge disappearance, the aforementioned search warrant obtained by 7News tells a different tale. And while the station doesn't use Forbes's name, because he has yet to be charged with a crime, there's no confusion about who's being discussed.

Police searched the van, which seemed to have been outfitted with new carpet; one of Forbes's pals says a black rubber mat had previously covered the floor. They also went to a bakery where he rents space; according to 9News, he manufactures gluten-free granola bars called "Forbies." According to the owner of the building, the security system had been switched off -- and she said there's video showing that Forbes did so while wearing what looked like a latex glove that covered his forearm up to his elbow.

On top of that, an employee at a business next door told cops that he saw several men standing behind the bakery late on April 1, burning something in a 55 gallon barrel.

The police took a barrel and a yellow rubber glove into evidence.

To get a better sense of Forbes, here's the 9News piece, followed by our earlier coverage.

Original item, 11:01 a.m. April 11: Kenia Monge shouldn't have gotten into 24K, a Denver nightclub; she's just nineteen. But on April 1, the recent Cherry Creek High School grad gained access to the hot spot and took lots of photos of the fun she was having.

Then, a few hours later, she vanished -- and Denver police say finding out what happened to her is their number one priority.

Plenty of people saw Monge on the night she went missing, and many of the stories that have been coming out have baffled her loved ones. First, she reportedly left her cell phone and purse at the club after leaving hurriedly at around 12:30 a.m.. Then she was spotted walking with a homeless man, after which she is said to have accepted a ride from a stranger -- the kind of behavior that makes her stepfather think she may have been drugged or not in her right mind.

The driver, who's been described as a good Samaritan thus far, gave her a ride to a Conoco gas station on the 500 block of Speer. But about 3:15 a.m. the following morning, Monge allegedly left with yet another man. And that's the last time she's been seen.

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More than a week later, the Denver Police Department still hasn't formally described what, if anything, happened to Monge as a crime -- but its actions to date hardly seem like those associated with, say, a runaway scenario. They searched a landfill near Keenesberg early in the week but didn't find Monge. Then, last Thursday, a body was discovered in an open space area near the Cherry Creek spillway -- and speculation immediately centered on her. But no: Long before identifying the person who died, a spokesman for the police department in Aurora, her hometown, announced it wasn't Monge.

Meanwhile, the Monge story has gone national -- no surprise given the gorgeous photo of her used in posters her family put up around town. But Lt. Matt Murray, speaking for the Denver Police Department, isn't complaining about the extra attention. He believes the more eyes looking for Monge, the better.

And while he stresses the case has not yet been categorized as criminal, he points out that "we are very concerned. We're worried about her safety, and every day that goes by causes us more concern. It's the highest priority of the Denver Police Department right now."

That's why the DPD is deploying "a vast amount of resources to this 24/7," he continues, "and also brought in experts around the country," including the FBI and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Although Monge is technically an adult, he notes that two members of Team Adam, a unit named for the late Adam Walsh, are in Denver, "and they're going to stay with us and help us until we have some kind of resolution."

Regarding cell phone photos of Monge released from April 1, Murray won't say who provided them -- but he does stress that the reason faces of others in the shots have been obscured "has nothing to do with guilt or innocence. We just didn't want people to speculate about them."

Below, see those photos, plus more shots from the Help Us Find Kenia Facebook page shared by 48 Hours Mystery, which is now following the Monge disappearance, too.

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CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

WOW! ANY UP DATE ON THIS CASE? IT IS NOW 7 WEEKS  MISSING?  JUST WONDERING?

Nosey_Parker
Nosey_Parker

it's called acting. & Forbes isnt good at it. the police & news have interviewed him multiple times. he knows damn well what her name is.

speaking of names- interesting how he happens to know the name of the "homeless guy" AND got the name of the "asian" man that Kenia supposedly jumped out of his van to run off and smoke with the guy WHILE at the gas station where they were getting ready to buy ciggs at?!!! *facepalm* this mofo is GUILTY and the only thing that will help him now is to just straight up tell where the body is. before one of this accomplices beat him to it.

the club is lying too. there is no way they can swear Kenia was not drinking. which makes me wonder what other fabrications they are making. it would be to their benifit to claim they saw Kenia leave with someone. so i'm not sure about that part of their story either. I hope the family sues them royally. fake ID or not.

LSJ
LSJ

This is a sad story i didnt know this girl but i would hate this to happen to anyone i knew, and about her underage drinking, its not really hard to get into bars in Denver, i know ive been getting into bars even when i was 17 they dont care if your underage as long as you got an ID that says your 21 and they get more consumers whose going to care more money for them right you can even pay the bouncer 20.00 and hell let you in, sad but true and theres alot of people that do that, i really hope they find her.

Surelis17
Surelis17

I cant believe that He didn't remember her name. She could never said her name but You are the first person who police has. You should remember her name ...What is her name >??? and then crying?? ... Someone asked what did she say to him, why was she "crying "...where did she say she would go ....

Nosey_Parker
Nosey_Parker

it's called acting. & Forbes isnt good at it. the police & news have interviewed him multiple times. he knows damn well what her name is.

speaking of names- interesting how he happens to know the name of the "homeless guy" AND got the name of the "asian" man that Kenia supposedly jumped out of his van to run off and smoke with the guy WHILE at the gas station where they were getting ready to buy ciggs at?!!! *facepalm* this mofo is GUILTY and the only thing that will help him now is to just straight up tell where the body is. before one of this accomplices beat him to it.

the club is lying too. there is no way they can swear Kenia was not drinking. which makes me wonder what other fabrications they are making. it would be to their benifit to claim they saw Kenia leave with someone. so i'm not sure about that part of their story either. I hope the family sues them royally. fake ID or not.

Lucciarodriquez
Lucciarodriquez

I dont know monge this a sad story and for some reason I feel there is still hope for her im sure monge is strong find ur way home monge ur family awaits for you.

Racquel55
Racquel55

how did forbes text her phone the next day if she didn't have anything with her? if she could barely stand up on her own two feet and she was drunk then how would she give him her cell phone number?

Nosey_Parker
Nosey_Parker

in one of his interviews he said he let Kenia use his cell phone. so i'm guessing that she either willingly (or not) called her own phone-- either to see where her phone was--- or he forced her to call it so he could make sure she didnt have her phone on her. (pings)

then he got worried he might have been seen on tape and that is why he texted her phone the next day--- acting (keyword: acting) like a good sam wanting to make sure she made it home ok. *cough*

otherwise, how else would he have gotten her number? i think he or a friend GHB'd her or she was intoxicated at the club. her friends really need to step up and tell every single thing they know. they cant bring Kenia back but they can help her family get justice.

Satievaqueen
Satievaqueen

now thats the question! How the hell did he get her number? and obviously she was with him longer than he is saying... long enough to not be drunk anymore! I was one of her mgrs. at wendys and I know that something is not right drunk or not Kenia is a very smart girl and is not just going to hop in some guys car when she can wait for herfriends at the let out... and she left her purse and phone... come on! anyone that knows her knows that she dont go no where with out that phone! My heart goes out to the family I have her in my prayers always

keshi
keshi

Everything about this guy gives me the creeps. His story is ridiculous. If he left Kenia at the Conoco as he says, we would be watching surveillance clips and trying to identify "Dan", the "round-faced,well-dressed Asain man" who was apparently hanging out alone, smoking cigarettes, at a closed gas station at 3:00 am--and with whom Kenia supposedly wandered off into the night. Instead, we're watching Forbes acting incredibly shifty and awkward during his interview. It's crystal clear that he's lying. I hope to see more updates soon, as I'm sure the cops are very, very close to frying this sicko.

Oo
Oo

you've never hung out alone, smoking cigarettes at 3AM at a gas station before? While wearing nice clothes? psshh

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

Big mistake at a underage party club. Then friends just let her leave with a stranger. Also what kind of parents let their daughter go to an underage club or maybe they did not know.

guest
guest

she was 19, an adult, so it's understandable that parents didn't stop her.

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Rose Kassie

Fuck ya it was hym throw hiz ass in jail.i.mean.look at her she to pretty fuckin sick ass ppl nw dayz we pray n pray that she alive plz.god let b her be ok

Mel
Mel

Goodness girl you need to get back in school and learn how to spell, you sound utterly ignorant.

dtown
dtown

how quickly society judges, and convicts a person based of ones past. Ignorance is not the answer. Lets let the detective solve this and not cast are judgements until we have a full understanding of evidence. Its media doing what it does best.

New-New
New-New

I feel so bad for her nd she's real young

Vooo
Vooo

i like how he forgot her name when he was talking to the reporter. COME ON! GUILTY

Will Barnes
Will Barnes

Although I certainly believe everyone has the right to a fair and speedy trial, as well as the fact that I do not have access to all the information, this statement by Forbes is the initial reason I felt that he is guilty.His story of picking Monge was full of details but then he couldn't remember her name. Very strange.

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

Very sad outlook does not sound good. Missing over two weeks. slim chance she will be fould alive.Note if she was drunk. Yes where were her friends?

TC
TC

If the police had any evidence linking Travis to her disappearance a warrant would be served ASAP. It's been two and a half weeks since she went missing and still no word from DPD. Obviously there is a lot more to this story then anyone thinks they know. Travis was trying to help this poor girl out and now people who don't even know him from Adam are trying to say they 'KNOW' he did it. With all the media coverage this case has received if there were any proof he did it he would be behind bars. The public needs to try having compassion for everyone involved in the case. This man has had his life turned inside out for trying to help someone, maybe you should walk a mile in his shoes before you rush to crucify him.

Jane doe
Jane doe

indeed they do . innocent until proven guilty. but then again burning something is the best way to get rid of evidence(besides bleach) ... once you burn something its as if it never existed...with things like this happening friends need to watch out for friends better and not let them make decisions they would not make if they were sober . come on now look out for your friends and be careful. people are getting crazier and sicker as the years go by. never underestimate how crazy someone could really be. dont leave with someone you think you may know but who you just met. and more importantly dont let your friends leave with some random person . STOP THEM.but my heart goes out to this girl and i hope she is found soon and safe. the person who did this will be caught hopefully sooner rather then later.

Da1nonlymina
Da1nonlymina

This is exactly how i feel. I cant believe.shes still gone. It hurts my heart to think she is not ok. She was a good friend and jus liked having fun. I miss seein her pretty smile...

Oo
Oo

"People are getting crazier and sicker as the years go by."

LOL, your proof?

Because I can think of a shit load of historical precedents that would point to the contrary. NAZIS, for instance. SLAVERY, for instance. RAPING, MURDERING HORDES OF EUROPEANS AFTER THE GREAT PLAGUE, for instance.

I think people are getting a little less crazy, and sick, personally. Especially in Colorado.

BTW, in Liberia, it is commonplace for Soldiers to eat young girls so that they can obtain powers from the Devil. Google General Butt Naked. (But that is beside my point, isn't it.)

Jimmie
Jimmie

He was so very concerned for her safety that he dropped her off at a *closed* gas station at around 3am? Really? In the Denver Post he gave the name of the supposedly "homeless" man that she left with from the station. Did he interview the guy or what?

When someone is lying, one of the tells is that they provide too much detail because they think their story will be more believable.

Dianagarcia651
Dianagarcia651

If u watch his video you can tell he is lieying unless you are an absolute dumbass. More ppl were involved to, a witness saw several men burning something in a large barrel on the same night she went missing

Oo
Oo

He obviously did it. Guilty. Next!

Dianagarcia651
Dianagarcia651

I truly think Forbes is behind it all. I'm so emotional I don't even know her but I keep up hoping she's still alive. I'm sorry but I think she's with the dear lord now RIP KENIA

Lenasuk
Lenasuk

yes, I think the same way. My doughter knew her...and I met her once. This is terrfifying! Forbes is the guy who killed her! Police should search deeper for more evidence. Poor Kenia!

Thesethoughts
Thesethoughts

Why has no one asked what a 19 year old was doing drinking in a club?

Jaokai
Jaokai

because thats not illegal everywhere... like here in norway its 18 year old or more :P

Guest
Guest

yes but we are in colorado. Kenia is my best friend!  she knew better but seeing as she was drunk...im mad they let her in..she would still be here...our school misses her :(

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for sharing your thoughts during what must be a very difficult time for all of Kenia's family and friends. Our best thoughts are with you.

momma
momma

Because underage drinking is hardly the biggest problem in this situation right now. Obviously, she shouldn't have been doing it, but does that really matter right now?

DenverScener
DenverScener

Sadly, 19 year olds who do not know how to drink are bound to fall prey to criminal types. Where were her friends?

Guest22
Guest22

Exactly! You never let a girlfriend leave on her own, even to the bathroom. I know it's cheesy but clubs and bars always go in pairs. Prayers for her and her family and may she come home soon.

cilla
cilla

That's what I'm saying

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