Kelsie Schelling murder suspect waives first court appearance

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - Nearly five years after the disappearance of Kelsie Schelling, investigators now believe they have enough evidence to say her boyfriend killed her.

But even as Donthe Lucas prepares to face a judge in the case for the first time, Schelling's family is still left wondering where her body is.

Law enforcement, friends and family have searched tirelessly all around the Pueblo area, including several searches this year.

11 News talked to former prosecutors who said depending on the evidence investigators found during searches at Lucas' former home and a nearby field, a body is not always necessary to prosecute a murder.

For Kelsie's mom, it's a conclusion she's come to accept but tells 11 News it's unspeakably difficult not knowing exactly where her child is.

"Not being able to let your child ... rest or not knowing exactly where they are. It's just, like unfathomable," Laura Saxton said.

Arrest papers that likely reveal how Pueblo police finally connected the dots allegedly linking Lucas to Schelling's murder have been sealed.

Lucas remains in jail without bond. He waived his advisement Monday and is scheduled to be in court next on Dec. 18.