Fam­ily pleads for news of daugh­ter

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Danika Wor­thing­ton

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.

Cour­tesy Stine fam­ily

Lashaya Stine went miss­ing a year ago, when she was 16.

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