Kelsie Jean Schelling has been missing since February 4, 2013.
The details of the 21-year-old’s last known whereabouts are as follows: Schelling was seen outside of a Pueblo, Colorado, Walmart around 11 p.m. that evening in her black 2011 Chevy Cruze LTZ, license plate number 023-WRL.
Around 12:15 a.m. Schelling texted her on-again boyfriend, Donthe Lucas, “tired of waiting.”Facebook/Help Find Kelsie
Lucas texted Schelling back to meet him near his grandmother’s house on Manor Ridge Drive. Once there, Schelling texted:
Where are you … I’ve been here for over an hour just waiting.
It would be the last time anyone ever heard from Schelling, who was eight weeks pregnant at the time.
As People reports, Schelling told relatives she was traveling from her home in Denver to Pueblo to tell Lucas, a basketball player at Northeastern Junior College where Schelling had also attended, that she was expecting their first child together.
Schelling made it to Pueblo but, after the night of February 4, 2013, was never seen again. Ten days later, the young woman’s black Chevy Cruz was found abandoned in a hospital parking lot.Facebook/Help Find Kelsie
In an interview with “20/20,” Schelling’s mother, Laura Saxton, claimed her daughter said Lucas was upset by the pregnancy:
“She said he was mad, he was very angry.”
According to Schelling’s college roommate, “20/20” reported, the couple reportedly had a tumultuous relationship rife with verbal and emotional abuse, including the throwing of objects.
According to KDVR, Schelling traveled to Pueblo at Lucas’s request after sending the picture of her ultrasound. According to the “20/20” story, Lucas reportedly told Schelling he had a surprise for her, texting: “just wait and see for yourself you probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you.”Facebook/Help Find Kelsie
In an interview with detectives, “20/20” reported, Lucas claimed he met up with Schelling that evening as planned. The two spent the evening talking, and Lucas said Schelling slept in her car. The following morning, Schelling asked Lucas to take her to the hospital because she was feeling unwell. Lucas claimed, upon leaving the hospital two hours later, Schelling told him she was no longer pregnant.
Parkview Medical Center, the hospital Lucas claimed Schelling was admitted to, had no medical record of the expecting mother on file.
According to KDVR, Lucas later withdrew $400 from Schelling’s account and was seen driving her car through the Walmart parking lot. Days before Schelling’s car was discovered at St. Mary Corwin Hospital, a person in a hoodie was seen driving the car out of the same parking lot.
Lucas was considered a person of interest in the case, KDVR reported, but police reportedly did not have sufficient evidence to name him as a suspect in Schelling’s disappearance.Facebook/Help Find Kelsie
On December 1, 2017, nearly five years since Schelling’s disappearance, Lucas, 25, was charged in the first degree for the “presumed murder” of Schelling, People reports. Lucas was already incarcerated at the time for unrelated charges. He has not entered a plea and is being held without bond.
According to police, because of the active nature of the investigation, details regarding what led the Pueblo Police Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to charge Lucas cannot be revealed.Facebook/Help Find Kelsie
According to KDVR, in April 2013, investigators found evidence in the backyard of a Pueblo home where Lucas once lived. Police wouldn’t say what the evidence was but confirmed it was not a body.
According to the Help Find Kelsie Facebook page, although Schelling’s family is grateful for Lucas’s arrest, “the search continues” for the missing mother and her unborn child:
But, we still don’t have Kelsie and Kadrie back home where we can properly mourn the loss of them and lay them to rest. So, the search continues for however long it takes.
Schelling’s family has offered a $50,000 reward for any information that leads them to the discovery of their daughter’s remains.
As a post on the Help Find Kelsie Facebook page reads: “We believe justice will be served in this case. We believe Kelsie will be found. We will never give up on finding her and bringing Kelsie and her unborn baby home.”