Arrest made in Kelsie Schelling case

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - "While there's some thankfulness that we will get justice for Kelsie, we have a long road ahead of us."

Laura Saxton, the mother of Kelsie Schelling, spoke with 11 News soon after police announced an arrest in connection to the homicide of Kelsie.

"I am still heartbroken that we don't have her and I don't know that we will ever get her back. I have always said all along is all I want is Kelsie."

Years following the disappearance of a pregnant woman who went missing detectives from the Pueblo Police Department arrested her boyfriend for murder.

Donthe Lucas, 25, was already in custody for an unrelated charge when police made the announcement Friday they had arrested him for first-degree murder in connection to the 2013 homicide of Schelling. Schelling was 22 at the time of her disappearance. Lucas is being held without bond.

Police said because the investigation remains active, details about the investigation and what led up to the arrest of Lucas cannot be made public at this time. Police have not announced if a body, or any remains, have been found at this point.

Lucas was arrested Nov. 13 for aggravated robbery with intent to kill, separate from the Schelling case. His Nov. 13 arrest came just one week after investigators announced they had new leads in Schelling's cold case. Authorities searched several areas in Pueblo for three days, but the search yielded no signs of Schelling. Lucas was already in custody when he was arrested for the Schelling case.

"Every time before this, we have gone home empty-handed. We've been doing that for almost five years and it doesn't get any easier," Saxton said following the most recent search.

Schelling disappeared in February 2013 at the age of 22. She was last seen on the 4th of that month after traveling from her home in Denver to Pueblo, where her boyfriend Lucas lived. She had recently learned she was pregnant with the couple's first child.

"We are going to be going through our fifth holiday season without Kelsie and her baby. I can't tell you what torture that is. I can barely stand the thought of going through another Christmas without her," Saxton said to 11 News in November.

The family is offering a $50,000 reward for Schelling's return or information that leads to her location. There does not have to be a conviction in the case to get the reward money.

If you have any information on this crime, contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 719-542-STOP (7867).

Lucas will be prosecuted by the 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

The PPD and the CBI say they have worked tirelessly investigating Schelling's disappearance and murder, interviewing countless individuals and following up on hundreds of leads since February 2013. Resources from across the United States who participated in the investigation include the Denver Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, NecroSearch International, Bloodhound Man Trackers, Inc., Colorado Cold Case Task Force, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.