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Aurora Police Need Public's Help Locating Missing Teen Girl

By Howard Nathan

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) - Police in Aurora need the public's help locating a teenage girl who has been missing for more than a week.

Lashaya Nae Stine, 16, was last seen on July 15. Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said Stine left her home at approximately 2:30 a.m. without her mother's permission to meet an unspecified friend.

"'I'm scared for your safety baby girl, you got to call mommy,'" Stine's mother Sabrina Jones said.

Jones was overcome with emotion as she addressed the news media.

"My daughter Lashaya, I never would have thought she would've done something like this. I'm actually pretty shocked," Jones said.

Lashaya Nae Stine
Lashaya Nae Stine (credit: Aurora Police Department)

Stine was last seen in the area of Montview Boulevard and North Peoria Street. Her disappearance alarmed the Aurora police even more after Metz said his officers saw some video, but for investigative reasons, the chief would not go into details. The police shared with CBS4's Howard Nathan Stine was not in the habit of leaving in the early morning hours.

"She's a good girl, she's never given me any trouble. She's never given me any reason to believe she would go walking off somewhere," Jones said.

Jones said persuading her daughter to do something is never easy. Metz said his officers have been knocking on doors and checking on businesses. They've also been going through several parks, with the help of search and rescue personnel from Arapahoe and Jefferson counties.

Lashaya Nae Stine
Lashaya Nae Stine (credit: Aurora Police Department)

Volunteers trained to find missing and exploited children are also involved, as a mother waits and worries.

"I just want my baby girl back, and if somebody is preventing that, please, I'm begging you please," Jones said.

Stine is a 16-year-old black female, 5-foot-6, 150 pounds, with long black hair sometimes tied up in a bun. She has brown eyes and has a quarter size round scar on her chest.

Metz made a point of saying, if you've seen something, no matter how small it might be, call the police, they need your help. The chief also noted it's okay to call 911 to report information.

Howard Nathan is a veteran newsman. Decades later, he still enjoys writing a clever sentence, asking the tough question and talking to people in Colorado. Follow him on Twitter @CBS4Howard and read his bio.

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