COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A retired FBI profiler said Monday it is not too late to solve Kelsie Schelling's case, the pregnant woman who went missing in Pueblo three years ago.
ABC's 20/20 aired an hour-long special on Schelling's case on Friday. The story featured never-before-seen tapes of Pueblo police interviewing Donthe Lucas. Lucas was Schelling's boyfriend and the father of her unborn child. Schelling drove from Denver to Pueblo to speak with Lucas about the pregnancy before she disappeared.
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. However, when Lucas appears to stumble, the detectives don't press him further and instead, move on to another question.
"There were six or eight times where it was time to stop and bounce. Take that question to the fullest extent you can take it and not just be self satisfied with one answer," said Pete Klismet.
Klismet spent years as an FBI profiler and has since written books about it. He has worked on high profile cases, most recently on Dylan Redwine's case, the boy who went missing in Durango.
While watching the interview with Lucas on Monday, Klismet shook his head repeatedly.
"It's very unfortunate to me that there were some opportunities that were breezed right through. The officers are going to be mad at me, like who do you think you are, but thoroughness would require you follow up on those questions," said Klismet.
Klismet said while detectives wouldn't have necessarily gotten the truth, they would have gotten more critical information before Lucas stated he wanted an attorney.
"Would they have gotten a confession out of this guy? I don't know. But they would have gotten more information from them if they had pursued those things further," said Klismet.
The Pueblo Police Department is now handing the case over to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Klismet said while it's been three years since Schelling went missing, there is still a big window of opportunity for investigators.
He said fresh eyes and a new agency will muster up a lot of new leads to pursue. Plus, Klismet said there is vital questions that still needs to be answered.
"Why did he blatantly lie about taking her to the hospital? There is enough in the interview out of his mouth. He may not have hung himself but he is very close so I think they can make a lot of hay out of the information they've got. The evidence they've got. The interview they've got," said Klismet.
Schelling's mother tried to sue the Pueblo Police Department for its handling of her daughter's case but after reviewing it, a judge dropped the case.