The family of LaShaya Stine is still waiting anxiously for answers in her mysterious disappearance. LaShaya was 16 years old and living in Aurora, Colorado with her family when she disappeared in 2016. For almost four years, investigators have been trying to answer the curious questions about that night, including why would a young teen girl suddenly leave her house in the middle of the night?
LaShaya Stine was a bright and diligent student who was on the honor roll at George Washington High School in Aurora. She was on the professional track to become a nurse and devote her life to caring for others. Great things were on the horizon for her, including an internship with the University of Chicago hospital and a potential new job opportunity.
The night of July 15, LaShaya Stine was mentally preparing for that job interview the next day. When her mother, Sabrina Jones, went to bed that evening, LaShaya was still in the house. The next morning, when Sabrina went to wake her daughter for her job interview, she realized Sabrina was gone. Sabrina grabbed the phone and called her daughter’s cell number, but the line went straight to voicemail. The family combed the neighborhood looking for her, but turned up nothing. That’s when the family contacted the authorities and filed a missing person report.
Unfortunately, the investigators at the time treated LaShaya’s case as that of a runaway. It’s not uncommon, when a missing person case gets labeled as a “runaway” case, that investigators will be slow to act or less than thorough when it comes to following up with leads. Another case might be prioritized over a “runaway” case because it deals with a subject who doesn’t want to be found. It wasn’t until a week after her disappearance was reported that the police chief put a new set of eyes on the case.
CCTV footage near LaShaya’s home revealed that she was out walking along East Montview Boulevard around 2:30 am. When investigators showed the footage to her mother, Sabrina Jones said that it was likely her daughter had gone to meet someone, and had every intention to return to the house—seeing as how all of her personal effects, including her wallet and cell phone, had been left behind. The next logical step was to interview the people in LaShaya’s life, primarily her friends. HOweve,r after multiple interviews with LaShaya’s ex-boyfriend and close friends, police still had not generated any promising leads. Seeing as how the investigators had no proof of foul play, it was extremely difficult for them to move forward.
In the years since LaShaya Stine was reported missing, there have been multiple alleged sightings of LaShaya that corroborate theories that she might have become a victim of sex trafficking, such as her coming and going from motels that were known for facilitating sexwork. The witnesses claimed she was in the custody of a man who might have been transporting her across state lines. One girl who was successfully recovered from sex trafficking claimed to have been trafficked with LaShaya, and described a scar on her chest. Despite police follow up, LaShaya was never found at any of the alleged sightings.
The FBI has joined the search for LaShaya, and the case is still being investigated. If you have any sort of information regarding this case, please contact the Aurora Police Department at 303-739-6164 and Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.
The Aurora Police Department, Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and FBI are offering rewards totaling $15,000 for information that helps them find LaShaya.
Christian Hall vanished at age 15 from his home in Corpus Christi, TX on November 4, 2005. Six years have passed without any word from the teen classified as an Endangered Runaway in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database and profiled an age progression of what he might look like now on the website of the National Center for Missing Exploited Children.
Christian Glen Hall
Christian was sighted in the company of an adult David Todd Andrews, who also went by the name Captain Dusty. They were last seen on Andrew’s 54-foot yacht Gypsy II, docked by the John F. Kennedy Memorial Causeway that connects Laguna Madre and north Padre Island with the Texas mainland. Christian apparently periodically worked on Andrew’s boat as a deck hand. It is believed Christian left willingly with Captain Dusty. A missing child report was not made by his mother until January 2006.
David Andrews’ Gypsy II 54 ft. yacht
Prior to their disappearance, Andrews had told his family that he had recently been informed Christian was his biological son which has been dis-proven. The two had indicated they were bound for the Key West, FL approximately 650 miles away but never arrived.
After their departure, on November 26th, it is reported a radio transmission was made by Andrews reporting his boat was taking on water and the engine on the vessel was not working. Around the same time, a civilian boater also reported to the US Coastguard they had seen the Gypsy II in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 65 miles southeast of Cameron, off the coast of Louisiana but said the two men on board declined assistance. The US Coastguard conducted an extensive search of the area to include Falcon flyovers of the area but there were no signs of the boat. Statements from the US Coast Guard indicate heightened concern when a boat does not arrive at its destination especially during that time period following Hurricane Katrina and Rita that left a lot of floating debris in the water. Authorities also reported there had been a storm in the area the evening of the Mayday radio call.
When speculating on the cause of the pair’s disappearance, one must consider the many dangers while in open waters. Some of the most common are weather related disasters, human error, failure to conduct proper maintenance, collision with a submerged object, even piracy can be causes of Maritime disasters and disappearances.
INTERNET SKEPTICS DEBATE OVER DISAPPEARANCE OF BOAT
Adding to the mystery and speculation of the pair’s disappearance were reports Andrews reportedly skipped bond on two charges of DUI. It is also reported Kidnapping charges were also filed against Andrews.
Skeptics on various Internet sites debate whether the Gypsy II really sank or if the pair may have even sent out the Mayday call to divert attention then quickly changed their route to another destination so Andrews could escape authorities and lived undetected. Regardless, there have been no signs of the two, leaving Christian’s family desperate for answers. The following YouTube Video was posted four long years ago by Christian’s family https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8C413H_nxI
CHRISTIAN GLEN HALL
CASE NUMBER: R0602001
HEIGHT: 5’ 7”
CHARACTERISTICS: Scar on upper lip.
DAVID TODD ANDREWS AKA: CAPTAIN DUSTY
HEIGHT: 5’ 11”
CHARACTERISTICS: Scars on both legs
Corpus Christi Police Department
Detective J.R. Rodriguez
Texas Department of Public Safety