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Renewed search in Kelsie Schelling case starts in Pueblo

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The Pueblo Police Department and CBI agents, will conduct searches in Pueblo on Wednesday due to new leads into the 2013 disappearance of 22-year-old Kelsie Schelling. Authorities arrived just after 9 a.m. at a property in the 1600 block of Savannah Drive. 

An afternoon update from authorities did not provide specifics on what led them to search this property. They're withholding information as part of "an ongoing investigation."  The search involves heavy equipment, several people with digging implements, and cadaver dogs focusing on a brushy area behind a home.

Kelsie's mother, Laura Saxton, is on scene, as she was during search efforts earlier this year. She says she'll remain in town through this current search effort on Wednesday and Thursday to be on hand if investigators find anything of significance.

Saxton made a plea to anyone with information to come forward, "I beg of you.. you can call Crime Stoppers.. we are going through are 5th holiday without her." A $50,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to her return or a resolution to the search.

Amber Helvey with Steel City Search Angels has followed this case since the beginning by working to organize civilian search efforts in Pueblo. She told News5 they just want "to bring Kelsie home."

Schelling disappeared in southwestern Pueblo on February 4, 2013, the same day she found out she was eight weeks pregnant. According to police, Schelling drove from Denver to Pueblo to meet up with her boyfriend, Donthe Lucas.

Several days had passed and there was no sign of Schelling. Pueblo Police found Schelling's car abandoned at Saint Mary-Corwin Medical Center days later. 

Police discovered that on the morning of February 5, one day after Kelsie arrived in Pueblo, her car was recorded on surveillance video in a Walmart parking lot on Northern Ave.

According to police, Schellings boyfriend, Donthe Lucas, used her ATM card to withdraw money. He was interviewed, but let go with only a charge of identity theft. The District Attorney dropped the charge after finding evidence Lucas was previously allowed to use her card.

The Schelling family has been adamant about finding their daughter, as rallies and searches have been conducted, but many years have passed and no leads have been found.

Earlier this year, authorities spent time digging up the backyard of a home once owned by Lucas' family in Pueblo and a culvert near the property. No significant evidence was found during that searches.

The Pueblo Police and CBI say they cannot provide details about the elements of the searches, but new searches will be prompted by recent leads as part of the ongoing cold case investigation.

The searches will be conducted in the area where Schelling was last seen in southwest Pueblo. 

“While we cannot offer any comment about this active investigation, we want the community to be aware that this case remains a priority for the Pueblo Police Department,” said Pueblo Police Chief Troy Davenport. “Our police department is committed to helping to bring justice to Kelsie and for her family.”

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are urged to submit a tip to the Pueblo Police.

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