UPDATE: The two Colorado teens who went missing from a mental health facility earlier this month were found safe on Wednesday, according to Park County authorities. Additional details about the circumstances were not immediately available.
The parents of a teenage girl who went missing from a Colorado treatment facility earlier this month have made a public plea for help finding their daughter, offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads them to her safe return.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 16-year-old Emma Stokes is believed to have run away from a facility in Park County, Colorado on July 7, accompanied by another patient, Anna Frankman, who is also 16. The girls reportedly did not have phones or any money with them, and may have gotten into a car.
A spokesperson for the family said in an interview on “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace” that Emma was being treated for reactive attachment disorder, a condition he said is common among children who are adopted or have been in the foster care system.
Emma’s adoptive parents Jerry and Lisa Stokes recorded a video pleading for public support in finding Emma, and also to put pressure on the Park County Sheriff to get the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) involved in the investigation.
“To say we are heartbroken and desperate is an understatement,” Lisa Stokes says in the video.
“I am frankly scared to death. I am scared [the girls] may have been abducted or fallen into the hands of a sexual predator or human trafficking … or even worse.”
Lisa is asking the public to contact Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw and urge him to bring in the CBI.
“I am begging for you help to make this happen,” Lisa says in the video.
Speaking with David Mack for “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace,” Emma’s father Jerry Stokes relayed a message directly to his daughter, whose parents described her as determined, goofy, and musically talented.
“I don’t want her to not reach out because she’s scared of getting in trouble,” Jerry said. “We just want her home.”
The Stokes have put up a $25,000 reward for information that leads them to Emma.
Anyone with a possible tip is urged to call the Park County Sheriff’s office at (719) 836-2494.
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