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Kelsie Schelling's mother reacts to Donthe Lucas' arrest

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Kelsie Schelling was last seen in Pueblo back in February 2013. Kelsie Schelling was last seen in Pueblo back in February 2013.
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News 5 spoke to Kelsie Schelling's mother, Laura Saxton Friday afternoon just hours after Pueblo Police announced they arrested Donthe Lucas in connection to her daughter's disappearance.

Saxton has led an effort to find her daughter since Schelling was last seen on Feb. 4, 2013. 

"We fought really hard for almost five years now. It's overwhelming," Saxton said. "We know we have a really really long road ahead of us, and it's not going to be any easier going forward."

Schelling disappeared after driving from Denver to Pueblo in 2013 to meet up with Lucas, who she was dating at the time. A doctor had told her she was eight weeks pregnant earlier that day.

Nearly five yeas later, Detectives with the Pueblo Police Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation served the warrant to Lucas while he was already in custody on unrelated charges at the Pueblo County Detention Center.

"It's frustrating it took as long as it did for that to happen, but it happened and that's what matters," Saxton said. "We're very grateful for the resources and the intensive investigation that has taken place finally."

Lucas is facing a charge of first degree murder and will be held without bond.

Despite Lucas' arrest, Saxton said she is still going to look for her daughter and that finding her was still her main priority. Police said they have still not found her body, despite a series of recent searches.

"I just hope that someone now will have a heart and come forward. I don't know if there was any fear based in the reason they wouldn't come forward prior to this. Hopefully today would make them feel more comfortable in coming forward with information to help us out," Saxton said.

Saxton said her family will still offer a $50,000 reward for her location.

She said she was thankful for the recent efforts to find her daughter from Pueblo Police and the Colroado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). She and her husband had previously filed a federal lawsuit alleging Pueblo police deliberately interfered with their right to file a wrongful death lawsuit and destroyed important evidence.

Lucas was also named as a defendant, Saxton's attorney said Kelsie was killed by Lucas and that his family helped him cover up the crime.

A federal judge threw out that lawsuit in Feb. 2016.

Laura Saxton said renewed efforts and new staff on the case were appreciated.

"Obviously this got off to a very rocky start in the beginning," Saxton said. "But now that we've gotten the involvement of CBI and basically all new people over Kelsie's case, the Pueblo Police department made a total 180 in how it was handled."

Saxton said she does not have plans to attend's Lucas' preliminary hearing on Monday because she has not yet heard from the Pueblo County district attorney's office about when that hearing will be.

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