Kelsie Jean Schelling

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Above Images: Schelling, circa 2013

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 5, 2013 from Pueblo, Colorado
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 18, 1991
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2 - 5'4, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Schelling has the following tattoos: a Chinese symbol on the back of her neck, cursive writing on the inside of her left arm, a green skeleton key and the word "love" high on the left side of her chest, the Roman numerals XCI high on the right side of her chest, and a fleur-de-lis symbol on the right side of her ribcage. A photo of the neck tattoo is posted below this case summary.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black coat with a fur-trimmed hood over a light gray jacket, black Victoria's Secret workout pants, tan UGG's boots and stud earrings. Carrying a black and pink Victoria's Secret bag containing personal belongings, including a day's worth of clothing and personal hygiene items.
  • Medical Conditions: Schelling was eight weeks pregnant at the time of her disappearance; the baby's due date was September 13.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Schelling was last seen in Pueblo, Colorado on February 5, 2013. The previous day she got an ultrasound confirming her pregnancy, and sent the pictures to family members and her boyfriend, Donthe Isiah Lucas, who was the father of the unborn child. A photo of Lucas is posted below this case summary. He called Schelling and asked her to come from her hometown in Denver to his home in Pueblo, two hours' drive away, that evening after work. He said he wanted to talk privately and he had something to give her. She left at 8:30 p.m. and apparently did arrive for the meeting. She sent Lucas text messages saying she was waiting for him at the agreed-upon location, asking where he was at, and ultimately threatening to go home without seeing him because she was getting tired. Schelling was driving a black 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ with the license plate number 023-WRL when she went to meet Lucas; a photo of the car is posted below this case summary.

    Lucas was interviewed by police on February 15. He said he met Schelling as planned and drove her in her car to different locations. He said she felt sick, so he took her to Parkview Medical Center in the 400 block of west 16th Street, and stayed in the car while she went inside to get medical attention. Afterwards they went to the Canon National Bank, where Schelling allowed him to use her debit card and withdraw money from her account. He then took her to Wal-Mart, where they got into an argument and she told him she had to go back to Denver because she had to work the next day. Police arrested Lucas after his interview and charged him three counts of identity theft and one count of theft of less than $500 for using Schelling's card, but the charge was later dropped.

    There is no record of Schelling getting treatment at Parkview Medical Center, and surveillance video at the hospital didn't show her coming inside. Surveillance footage at the bank showed Lucas driving up and withdrawing money from a cash machine, but the video did not show Schelling inside the car. Security footage from a local Wal-Mart showed it being driven into the business's parking lot at 12:05 a.m. on February 5. The tape showed Lucas getting out of Schelling's car and walking to his mother's car in the same lot, but there was no sign of Schelling and her car was left in the lot overnight. An unknown male wearing a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, and gloves picked it up at 7:20 a.m. The vehicle was found abandoned at St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo on February 14, nine days after she was last seen; security footage showed someone driving it into the parking lot there at 5:30 a.m. on February 7. The unidentified driver locked it and walked away. Some items missing from the car when it was found included a black rosary, a metal sign reading "Love", a tie-dyed teddy bear and the car keys, which may have had a keychain reading "Love".

    Schelling met Lucas while they were both attending Northeastern Junior College. She eventually transferred to Vanguard University in California and he transferred to Emporia State University in Kansas, where he was on the basketball team. He dreamed of playing basketball professionally. Schelling moved back to Denver at the end of her first semester at Vanguard and got a job at the Floor & Decor store in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Lucas went to visit her over Christmas break, and this was when she became pregnant. Schelling told her mother Lucas wasn't happy about the pregnancy; sometimes she was afraid he would abandon her and the baby after it was born, and other times he threatened to take the baby away from her.

    Schelling left all her belongings behind at her apartment and gave no indication that she planned to walk out of her life, and her phone battery died on February 7. Since she went missing, Lucas has refused to cooperate with law enforcement, and he's considered a person of interest in her disappearance, but he hasn't been charged. There hasn't been any activity on Schelling's bank accounts, cellular phone or social media pages since her disappearance. Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.

    Car Lucas Tattoo
    Left: Schelling's car;
    Center: Donthe Lucas;
    Right: Tattoo on Schelling's neck

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pueblo Police Department
    719-553-2470

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    Facebook Page for Kelsie Schelling
    Denver Westword Blogs
    ABC 7 News
    The Pueblo Chieftain
    The Flathead Beacon
    KOAA 5
    The Denver Post
    KRDO
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 22, 2017; distinguishing characteristics updated.

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