Pueblo County Crime

Ex-boyfriend's former home searched in Kelsie Schelling's disappearance

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PUEBLO, Colo. - The Pueblo Police Department confirms to KRDO NewsChannel 13 that investigators searched the home of the ex-boyfriend of a woman who disappeared in 2013.

Police say the home in the 5100 block of Manor Ridge Road was searched Thursday morning in connection with the disappearance of Kelsie Schelling.

Authorities spent the entire day on Thursday digging up the ex-boyfriend's backyard. They wrapped things up at around 5 p.m. and will resume searching on Friday at 8 a.m.

Investigators from the Pueblo Police Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant after receiving a tip. As part of the search, shovels and heavy equipment were used to dig up areas of the backyard. 

Schelling was last seen at the Walmart in the 4000 block of W. Northern Avenue on February 4, 2013.

Police say Schelling, who is from Denver, went to the store to meet Donthe Lucas and tell him that she was pregnant. Donthe Lucas and tell him that she was pregnant. 

Several days later, police say that someone moved her car from Walmart and abandoned it at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital.

Police questioned Lucas after Schelling's disappearance. They have previously said that they do not have any evidence that he was involved. Lucas has denied having a relationship with Schelling. 

ABC's news magazine show "20/20" featured Schelling's case last year. Her family hoped the nation-wide exposure would lead to a break in the case in the weeks that followed, but that didn't happen.

The "20/20" report featured tapes of police interviewing Lucas after Schelling's disappearance. During an initial interview with police, Lucas told detectives he went with Schelling to Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo because she wasn't feeling well. Lucas said she went in for two hours and then came out and told him she wasn't pregnant anymore.

However, the medical center had no record of Schelling ever stepping foot in the building. Additionally, surveillance video from a bank showed Lucas driving up alone in Schelling's car and withdrawing $400 in cash from her bank account.

Police brought Lucas in for a second interview. He was interviewed by detectives Neal Robinson and Gabe Maldonado. The detectives confront Lucas about the cash and no trace of Schelling at Parkview Medical Center. 


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