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Jul 24, 2014 5:04 PM by Maddie Garrett

New Search in Disappearance of Kelsie Schelling, Family Reacts

Investigators did another search in the case of a missing Denver woman, who disappeared in Pueblo in February 2013. Detectives said new information in the case led them to search in areas on the South and Southwest side of Pueblo in conjunction with the case of 21-year-old Kelsie Schelling. Her family said she was pregnant at the time of her disappearance.

Police are not saying what, if anything, was uncovered during that search. But detectives used search dogs from Elbert County Sheriff's Office and Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Police said the K-9's are highly trained in picking up human scent.

Schelling's car was found on surveillance video in the Southside Wal-Mart parking lot the night of February 4, 2013. The video shows an unknown man walk up and pick up the car. A week later, the vehicle was found in the parking lot of St. Mary Corwyn Hospital. That was the last big break in the case, but not the end.

"Since then it has been an active and ongoing case, I know a lot of people think it's a cold case but it is not, it is active and ongoing," said Sgt. Eric Gonzales, Public Information Officer for Pueblo Police Department.

Schelling's mother, Laura Saxton, was upset to hear of the search from other sources. She told News 5 Police did not notify her family that another search was being done, or that it would be announced publicly.

"We were not aware of it, we were not notified that it was going to happen, and we've not been contacted that it did happen," said Saxton.

Her family said they've hired their own independent criminal investigator, unsure if police are doing everything they can in the case, which has lasted 17 months.

"We want to be able to bring her home, no matter what the circumstance is, we want to be able to bring her home," said Saxton.

Her family said hope that Schelling is still alive is still there for them, but it's dwindling.

"You always want to have that glimmer of hope, but it looks very doubtful," Saxton explained.

Saxton said if Schelling was murdered, it would be the loss of two lives, of her and her unborn child. She believes someone out there must know something.

"I don't know how someone could live with that, knowing what pain we're going through," she said.

If anyone has any information, you are urged to call Pueblo Police (553-2502) or submit an online tip at CrimeSuspect.net (http://csn.pueblo.us) To remain anonymous contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers @ 542-STOP (542-7867) or www.pueblocrimestoppers.com. Where, if your information leads to a felony arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Saxton said they are also planning another community search for Schelling this Saturday starting at 9:00am, meeting at the Loaf N Jug located at 4800 Thatcher Ave. For more information on the search for Schelling, go to the "Help Find Kelsie" Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HelpFindKelsie

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