Back on the 30th of September, Chloe Campbell, a 14-year-old student of Boulder High School, went out to see a school football game but has not been spotted since the event.
Jessica Knape and David Campbell, the young girl’s parents, have reported the missing girl to the police and told the media that witnesses have stated that their daughter was seen walking on the Boulder Creek Trail, possibly intoxicated. They have gone on to state that she was allegedly last spotted with a pair of older men.
“She was described by eyewitnesses as being with two men. Older men. Too old to be in high school. One of whom was Asian and the other who had a beard,” stated David Campbell to CBS Colorado.
Once the young girl failed to show back up at home from the game, her parents started to search for her which included the hanging of fliers all over town. After well over a week, the police forces in Boulder requested help from the public in order to find Chloe.
Her father has claimed that no one thought to be close to Chloe has had any sort of confirmed contact with the girl since her disappearance, but went on to state that they have gotten a few communications claiming to be from Chloe via s social media account that none of the friends or family recognize.
“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,” explained David. “It could be anybody.”
David claimed that they did get a photo of the girl after her disappearance, maybe proving that she is still alive but not reassuring her parents whatsoever.
“She looked injured and unwell,” explained David to CBS about the photo they had been sent.
The picture forced the parents to think that she was being held against her will or that she was possibly being trafficked, however, they have refused to give up hope.
“Chloe, honey… we love you so much. You are not in trouble,” cried her mother while speaking to the outlet. “If you can come home please do and if you can’t, we will not stop until we find you.”
At first, Boulder police officials labeled the girl as a runaway, kicking off extreme outrage online, including from John Ramsey, whose half-sister JonBenet Ramsey was murdered in Boulder, Colorado, in 1996.
“Damnit @boulder police get off your *** and find this child! Have you ever met a 14yr old kid? Not usually trusted to make sound rational decisions,” exclaimed Ramsey via an October 7th tweet.
— John Andrew Ramsey (@JRamsey_Truth) October 8, 2022
Police are assisting with the search but have claimed that this particular disappearance “does not meet the criteria for the issuance of an Amber Alert.” They went on to state that “investigators are growing increasingly concerned about the teen’s safety as it is believed that she has no access to money or her medication.”
The Department of Justice marks five tenets used to determine if officials should send out an amber alert:
- There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred.
- The law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
- There is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child.
- The abduction is of a child aged 17 years or younger.
- The child’s name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.
It is entirely unclear how this instance does not mee the requirement, especially given reports of the girl being spotted with older male strangers and a photo of her in distress.