Missing Colorado children found safe

From left: Elizabeth "Ellie" Rensch, Gabriel Rensch Jr. and Gabriel Rensch Sr. The elder Rensch...
From left: Elizabeth "Ellie" Rensch, Gabriel Rensch Jr. and Gabriel Rensch Sr. The elder Rensch is accused of taking his children in violation of a court order.(Thornton Police Department)
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 7:21 AM MDT|Updated: May. 18, 2022 at 8:52 AM MDT
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UPDATE (8:50 a.m.): Thornton police say Ellie and Gabriel Jr. have been found and are safe.

It’s unclear if their father is in custody. Police did not say where they were located or release any further information.


PREVIOUS (7 a.m.): Colorado law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in finding two missing children.

Six-year-old Elizabeth Rensch, who goes by Ellie, and 3-year-old Gabriel Rensch Jr. were last seen in the Stapleton area on May 14. Police believe their father, Gabriel Rensch Sr., took them in violation of a court order. He is known to take his kids hiking and camping and may currently be in the Laramie, Wyoming, area.

Ellie is 3-foot-7 and 35 pounds, while Gabriel Jr. is 3-foot-3 and 31 pounds. Gabriel Sr. is 33 years old and is described as 5-foot-9 and 140 pounds. All have brown hair and hazel eyes.

The family could be traveling in a blue 2008 Honda CRV with Colorado license plate QNG747. Authorities say Rensch may have changed the license plate to Wyoming plate 5-34826.

If anyone knows their whereabouts, call 911 immediately. Colorado Bureau of Investigation considers the children endangered.

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