A California woman is accused of targeting and trying to extort the families of missing children, including the family of a girl from Colorado who disappeared.
Rozzari Young, 23, was arrested Friday after allegedly agreed to meet an undercover cop for sex in exchange for $120 in California, according to KDVR in Denver.
During that sting operation, officers said they found messages between Young and the families of two missing girls.
One such family was the family of Lashaya Stine (pictured), who disappeared from Aurora, Colorado, in July 2016. She remains missing, according to the FBI, would be 18 today.
But Young allegedly pretended to be holding the teen hostage and threatening to hurt Stine if she didn’t receive $2,000.
She allegedly told Sabrina Jones in a text message that her daughter “owes over 2,000 dollars but we can work something out to get her back home im tires (sic) of hearing her crying. And i must repeat you get the law enforcement involved the deal will be off,” according to KDVR.
Jones reported the information to Aurora Police. There is a $15,000 reward for information in the case.
Young also allegedly reached out to the parents of California girl Alycia Yeoman, though it is unclear when she did so.
Young threatened to hurt Yeoman, who went missing in March 2017, if she wasn’t paid, according to police.
The girl’s body was found two months later. An autopsy said she had drowned in the Feather River near the Live Oak Recreational Park, according to KCRA in Sacramento.
Young has been arrested on charges of “interstate transmission of a threat to injure with the intent to extort and interstate transmission of a threat to injure,” according to the FBI’s field office in Sacramento.
Stine is 5-foot-6 with long black hair, brown eyes and a quarter size round scar on her chest. Police believe she may have lost weight since her disappearance. Her money, clothes and cell phone were left behind when she vanished.
[Photo: National Center For Missing And Exploited Children]