Kelsie Jean Schelling: Seven months since pregnant woman due next week vanished
Update: For months, we've been keeping you informed about the continuing search for Kelsie Jean Schelling, a Denver woman who's been missing since February; see our previous coverage below.
Photos, video below.
Yesterday marked seven months since Schelling vanished, and for her family, friends and loved ones, who have displayed remarkable strength in the face of this nightmare, time is of the essence.
She was pregnant when she disappeared, and her due date is next week.
According to Laura Saxton, Schelling's mother, her daughter got confirmation of her pregnancy on February 4. As we've reported, doctor's records confirm that she was eight weeks pregnant, with the presumed father being her boyfriend, Donthe Lucas, who played basketball for Northeastern Junior College.
"Cell phone records show that Kelsie sent picture messages of her ultrasound pictures taken that day to family members and also to Donthe and his mother," Saxton said at an April press conference; her complete remarks are below. "Cell phone records also show that Donthe asked Kelsie to come to Pueblo when she got off of work that night because he needed to speak with her in person.
The current profile banner on the Help Find Kelsie Facebook page.
"We know that Kelsie made it to Pueblo and did meet up with Donthe," Saxton continued. "No one has seen or heard from her since."
Despite the passage of so much time, the people who love Schelling are still actively looking for her, most recently during a search party staged this past weekend in an area near a Pueblo Walmart where surveillance footage showed an unidentified male with her car.
The photo used on the Facebook page coordinating the most recent search for Schelling.
The most recent post on the Help Find Kelsie Facebook page, where news about such efforts is coordinated, features this image....
...and the following text, posted on September 3:
Tomorrow marks 7 months that Kelsie has been missing. Her due date is rapidly approaching on September 13. This is a heartbreaking time for our family and Kelsie's friends. Please continue to spread the word about Kelsie and her baby and also about the boyfriend who has repeatedly lied and refuses to help find Kelsie or his child.
Tomorrow, September 4th Kelsie will have been missing for 7 months. Kelsie is now full term in her pregnancy and we need to do anything we can to bring her and her baby home safely. Please join me in changing this to your profile picture tomorrow and help us raise as much awareness of her disappearance as possible!! #helpfindkelsie
|A framed photo of Kelsie Jean Schelling.|
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