Teen Lashaya Stine Is Missing; Her Mom Fears Sex Trafficking

“She needs to try and get away from whatever it is. If she can get to me, I will protect her. I will do anything to protect her,” her mother, Sabrina Jones, emphasizes.

February 13, 2019
Lashaya Stine [NCMEC]

Lashaya Stine [NCMEC]

Lashaya Stine [NCMEC]

By: Michelle Sigona

The last time anyone saw Lashaya Stine, who was 16 when she disappeared, she was walking down the street alone in Aurora, Colorado.

It doesn’t appear that Stine had any sort of trip planned, as she left her wallet, phone charger, and she didn’t take any clothes.

Aurora Police Department’s Sergeant Cassidee Carlson spoke out in a video they produced on the missing teen. Carlson said, “We have received several tips on this case and each one of them has been investigated to its fullest. We are encouraging the public to continue with those tips.”

The video message also features members of Stine’s family. They gathered on the one-year anniversary of her disappearance, to let the public know their hearts are still broken and they will never give up.

Stine’s mom, Sabrina Jones, said, “Baby girl, it’s Mommy, I never thought in a million years that I would have to go a whole year without seeing your face, your smile, hearing your laugh. Whatever situation you are in, just know that we are waiting for you and we’re looking for you and we won’t stop.”

Stine’s eldest brother broke down while remembering his sister: “It’s hard to believe I’m going to continue to do what I’m doing, I love you so much. I just want you to come home where you belong with your family.”

Her other brother also opened up, saying, “It’s real hard on me to even try to go through my day, because it’s without you. It’s been a year and it’s crazy… I wake up every day just asking God why. I don’t know what I did. I blame myself every day. I know we didn’t always have the greatest relationship. I love you so much and I just hope and pray you come home.”

According to The Denver Channel, police released surveillance video of Stine taken on the morning of July 15, 2016, around 2:30 A.M. She is seen walking by herself in the area of East Montview and Peoria Street. The video was sent out to the public a little over two weeks after her disappearance in hopes of generating more leads.

Jones told KDVR she believes her daughter was lured out of the house by someone she may have met online. "She is more naive than most. I know my daughter, and she would be easy to control and manipulate," Jones said.

One of her fears is that Stine may have been sold into sex trafficking, based on tips she has received. "I've been sent several things, some of them just absolutely horrifying. They say, ‘I don't think she's missing; she's being prostituted all over the place,’” Jones added. “She needs to try and get away from whatever it is. If she can get to me, I will protect her. I will do anything to protect her,” Jones emphasizes.

Jones tells the public her daughter is an honor student who was set to start an internship at the time of her disappearance.

TRAITS & CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Weight: 150 pounds
  • Height: 5 feet 6 inches
  • Sex: Female
  • Race: Black
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Date of birth: February 8, 2000
  • Missing since: July 15, 2016
  • Might be wearing a wig
  • May have lost weight since her disappearance
  • Could travel to Missouri, Kansas, Arizona, or New Mexico
  • Quarter size scar on her chest


If you know anything about this case, please contact our hotline (833-3-PURSUE) or submit a tip online.

For more on this case, watch the “Deadly Reunion” episode of In Pursuit With John Walsh on Wednesday, February 13 at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery! Or catch up on ID GO.

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