Family pleads for news of daughter
A year ago Saturday, a 16-year-old honors student at George Washington High School who was looking at colleges — hoping to one day be a nurse — went missing.
As the anniversary of her disappearance arrived, Lashaya Stine’s family continued its search for the missing girl, releasing a tearful video through the Aurora Police Department, telling Lashaya that she is loved, missed and should come home.
“We’re waiting for you and we’re looking for you and we won’t stop,” Lashaya’s mother, Sabrina Jones, said while wiping away tears.
Lashaya’s brothers and aunt also spoke between tears.
The family has been actively searching for their missing loved one, often going to East Colfax Avenue and showing people pictures, asking whether they’ve seen her.
Jones thinks her daughter is alive but being held by sex traffickers. Multiple people have told the family that they’ve seen the young girl, now 17, in a desolate area of cheap motels where prostitution and drugs are rampant. Some have told Jones that her daughter’s captors keep her drugged.
Lashaya is African-american, stands 5foot-6, has black hair and brown eyes, has a quarter-sized scar on her chest and weighs roughly 150 pounds.
In a missing poster, police say new information suggested that Lashaya may have recently been in the Kansas City, Mo., area.
The Aurora Police Department has raised the reward to $6,000 for information about Lashaya’s whereabouts.
To reach the department, call 303-7396130 or 303-739-6109.
Anonymous tips can be given to 720-9137867.
Lashaya Stine went missing a year ago, when she was 16.