Fort Morgan Police continue to be frustrated in their investigation into the whereabouts of a missing 17-year-old Fort Morgan girl, and are still asking for the public’s help.
Although investigators are still receiving daily tips, there have been no reported breakthroughs in the thirty-four-day search for Kayla Chadwick.
In recent weeks dozens of tips have been investigated, raising hopes each time that this could be the tip that may lead to Chadwick, but none so far has been successful. Fort Morgan Police, aided by the FBI and Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, have met regularly and are reassessing what they need to do to find the teenager, a senior at Fort Morgan High School.
Kayla was reported missing from the Fort Morgan area after being last seen in the area of the 19500 block of County Road R.7 (East 8th Avenue) in the late evening hours of March 27, 2012. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a plaid shirt covering a black lace spaghetti strap shirt, and black shoes. She is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing 135 pounds, having red hair with black tips and brown eyes.
She had recently been involved in an argument with her boyfriend, according to police. The boyfriend has been interviewed and is cooperating with the investigation.
Police have followed up leads all over the state of Colorado and the Front Range, as well as the State of Washington, looking at every possible scenario and not eliminating any of them nor focusing more on any one than another.
“This has been a very frustrating case for the family, community and police,” said Fort Morgan Police Chief Keith Kuretich. “In fact, the community has been very responsive and has been assisting in doing searches around Fort Morgan and Morgan County since Kayla’s disappearance.”
The community has also been contributing to a growing reward fund for information that might lead to Kayla. The reward for information in the case is now $7,500, with $7,000 of that from private donations and a $500 reward from Crime Stoppers.
Kuretich said he hopes to continue to add additional ways for the public to send tips to law enforcement. The local Crime Stoppers telephone line is 970-542-3411 or anyone with information can call the police department at 970-867-5678. You can also report anonymously by going to www.cityoffortmorgan.com and select the “Crime Stoppers” tab on the left side of the home page.
Subject Name: Kayla Marie Chadwick Age: 17 Residence: Fort Morgan
Height: 5’ 5” Weight: 135 Hair: Red with black tips Eyes: Brown