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Missing Colorado Teen Who Disappeared Following High School Football Game 'Could Be In Danger,' Police
The father of missing 14-year-old Chloe Campbell said he received a photo from an anonymous source showing his daughter appearing "injured and unwell."
The parents of a missing Colorado teenager fear the worst after their 14-year-old daughter vanished more than a week ago.
Chloe Campbell disappeared on Friday, Sept. 30, sometime after leaving a high school football game in Boulder, Colorado, according to the Boulder Police Department. Officials say Campbell is “believed to be a runaway” but acknowledge she “could be in danger.”
Chloe’s parents, Jessica Knape and David Campbell — speaking to CBS Denver affiliate KCNC-TV -— said their daughter was last seen with two unidentified men on Boulder Creek Trail and may have been intoxicated.
“She was described by eyewitnesses as being with two men. Older men. Too old to be in high school,” said David Campbell. “One of whom was Asian and the other who had a beard.”
He told other news outlets that Chloe was seen with the men at high school earlier in the afternoon and that they appeared to be “sketchy" to the eyewitnesses, according to Fox Denver affiliate KDVR.
“She’s never run away. She's never stayed out all night,” David Campbell told ABC Denver affiliate KMGH-TV. “So it was extraordinary for her not to come home.”
Mr. Campbell added that an anonymous source sent them a photo of Chloe, according to the CBS affiliate, though details about the image were not disclosed.
“She looked injured and unwell,” he said.
The parents said they’ve yet to substantiate social media messages claiming to be from their daughter.
“The communications that we’ve received through third parties that purport to be from Chloe originate in a Snapchat handle that we’re not familiar with,” said the father. “It could be anybody.”
Police previously stated there were “a few reported sightings in and around” the area.
“Friends have received messages that they believe could be from Chloe saying she is safe with a ‘family’ in Arizona and does not want to return home,” said police. “But family and police have been unable to confirm if these messages are, in fact, from Chloe or true.”
Chloe’s parents said they are suspicious of the theory that Chloe is in Arizona.
“We have gotten tips from various parties claiming that she is in Arizona and that she’s ‘safe’ and that she has money and that she’s with a family in Arizona,” Davis Campbell told the Denver outlet, adding, “We want to make it clear that we do not have family in Arizona, so this is very suspicious to us.”
Police stated Chloe “may be” in the presence of an adult male but that the circumstances surrounding her disappearance didn’t meet the criteria for officials to issue an Amber Alert. Investigators also announced they’re “growing increasingly concerned,” citing Chloe's lack of access to money and her medication.
Officials’ unwillingness to issue an Amber Alert has garnered widespread criticism, including from John Ramsey, whose half-sister, JonBenét Ramsey, was brutally murdered in Boulder, Colorado, in 1996 — one of the biggest unsolved murders in the country.
“Damnit @boulderpolice get off your ass and find this child!” Ramsey tweeted on Friday. “Have you ever met a 14yr old kid? Not usually trusted to make sound rational decisions.”
The Boulder Police Department affirmed their decision not to issue an Amber Alert Monday morning in the comments of a Facebook post.
Chloe’s relatives continue to post flyers around the city in hopes of reuniting with their daughter, according to multiple news outlets.
“Chloe, honey, we love you so much,” Jessica Knape told KCNC-TV. “You are not in trouble. If you can come home, please do, and if you can’t, we will not stop until we find you.”
David Campell told KMGH-TV they feared Chloe could be a victim.
“I am no expert in trafficking, but I do know that the tactics of traffickers is to prey on young girls that are at high risk, and Chloe has been struggling since the pandemic,” he said. “She has many risk factors that these types of predators prey on.”
Chloe Campbell is described as being blond-haired and blue-eyed, standing about 5-feet, 6-inches and weighing 120 pounds. She was last seen near Boulder High School wearing a black hoodie, a purple top and blue jeans.
Anyone with information can call or text the Boulder Police Department at 1-720-507-7379, call their dispatch number at 1-303-441-3333, or leave an anonymous tip with the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST. If asked, the case reference number is 22-9868.