Search Expands For Missing Woman

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Family and friends tell 11 News Wednesday they will conduct their own search for Becky Elshani, a possible missing woman.

Police say relatives became concerned about the welfare of the 22-year-old Elshani, after they were unable to reach her. Officials attempted to check on Becky at her home at 6228 Twin Oaks Drive around 9:30 p.m. Monday night.

When officers arrived, they heard a gunshot fired from inside the home and upon forced entry, located a man dead from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound.

The male, later identified as 25-year-old Daniel Dereere, was the boyfriend of Ms. Elshani. During a search of the residence and surrounding area, Ms. Elshani was not located.

In the search for her, actual clues are overshadowed by the worries of her distraught father.

"I feel it in my bones, my daughter is gone, it's just a matter of time before someone spots the body," said Elshani's father Agim.

Police continue looking for the missing 22-year-old with multiple CSPD resources.

"We got some calls giving us enough information to send our helicopter unit to do some searching," said Lt. Skip Arms.

Tips are directing police over an area between Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek. Friends say Becky and her boyfriend Daniel spent happy days camping along Rampart Range Road west of Colorado Springs.

"They always seemed like such a happy couple. They were always kissing and holding hands,” said a friend who didn’t want to be identified.

Days weren't always happy. Good memories are mingled with reports of domestic abuse. "There was a temporary restraining order in the past but nothing permanent in place," said Sgt. Jeff Jensen with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

After Becky disappeared, Daniel took his own life, bringing up more questions.

"When you love somebody you don't want to hurt them. I hope he wouldn't," their friend said.

With the last person in contact with her gone, finding Becky is much more difficult.

"We don't have enough information to know where she is, or what's happened to her if anything," Arms said.

Police assume she's out there somewhere while her family waits for answers, and clings to even the smallest glimmer of hope.

Agim Elshani last saw his daughter early Saturday morning, she was at the family's home with Dereere, who police say committed suicide at the couple's apartment Monday night.

"He took his own life for her, he loved her," Elshani said.

But he also believes Daniel had something to do with his daughter's disappearance.

Elshani said he got suspicious when Daniel came to their home on Sunday without Becky, he told them they had gotten in a fight and Becky had run off. Daniel came back alone again Monday afternoon, he had dinner with Becky's parents and siblings as he had countless times before.

“I just can’t take it anymore,” Elshani said.

Days have now gone by and ther is still no sign of his daughter.

"She was a beautiful girl," he said.

Becky Elshani was last seen during the early morning hours of Saturday, March 29.

She is described as a white female, 5’5”, 110 Lbs, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Colorado Springs Police Department at 444-7000, Detective Pete Quick at 444-7557, or you can remain anonymous and could earn a cash reward by contacting the Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP (7867).