16 year-old Lashaya Stine was last seen during the early morning hours of July 15th, 2016. She snuck out of her family’s Aurora, Colorado home around 2am to meet with an unspecified individual and never came back. The last known sighting of Lashaya was on a surveillance camera, walking near a bus stop in the 1600 block of north Peoria Street at 2:23 a.m. She has never been heard from again.
Although Lashaya left her house without her mother’s permission, it is believed that she intended to return home before anyone even noticed that she had left. She left behind her clothes, wallet, money, phone charger and other belongings. She also has no history of running away from home or getting into trouble, and she disappeared the day before a job interview.
Lashaya’s family believes that she was forced into sex trafficking. Multiple witnesses have told her family that they’ve seen Lashaya in the Colfax Avenue area of Aurora; an area where prostitution and drugs are quite prevalent. Witnesses have also stated that a girl matching Lashaya’s description was being kept drugged and forced into prostitution. Despite these leads, Lashaya has still not been located and the FBI is actively investigating her case.
There is a $15,000 reward in place for any information about Lashaya’s whereabouts. If you have any information, please submit a tip with the FBI here, or contact Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.