3-day search for Kelsie Schelling comes to a close

Kelsie Schelling, left, with her mother. (Photo courtesy of Schelling's family)

PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - Another area, another search -- another day without answers. Authorities spent three days searching for a pregnant woman who went missing in 2013.

Authorities didn't announce any findings on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday during a renewed search for Kelsie Schelling, whose disappearance more than four and a half years ago still haunts the Pueblo community.

"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," said Schelling's mother, Laura Saxton.

Investigators spent time Wednesday in southwest Pueblo, searching two areas near where person of interest, Donthe Lucas, used to live.

The search was prompted by new leads in the case, law enforcement told 11 News Monday.

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.

The search isn't over: investigators will looking again Friday. Crews used heavy machinery and bloodhounds to comb a creek bed.

The Pueblo police chief says the department is dedicated to finding answers for Schelling's family.

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.