Aurora police and FBI agents on Thursday completed their search for a house where they were hoping to find more evidence of 16-year-old Lashaya Stine’s disappearance and said they would begin processing the evidence found.
However, police did not disclose what type of evidence was discovered in the house at 2200 Lansing Street, Aurora, where they searched for three days. On Thursday, Aurora Fire and Rescue used jackhammers, concrete saws, and other heavy equipment to help find evidence, said Matthew Longshore, a spokesman for the Aurora Police Department.
Investigators found evidence in the apartment that led them to focus on a specific area, Longshore said, without revealing exactly where investigators spent their time.
On Thursday afternoon, a white tent was set up in the backyard and large chunks of concrete were distributed on blue tarpaulins. Crime scene investigators brought out shovels of various sizes and large screens that could be used to sift through debris.
At around 3:30 p.m., an unmarked car pulled into the house’s garage and police closed the garage doors to hide what was going on inside. About a minute later the car drove away.
The search ended after three days of police and FBI agents entering and leaving the house along with search dogs.
Lashaya disappeared on July 15, 2016, and was last seen alive when public surveillance cameras filmed her crossing the street at 2:30 a.m. near Montview Boulevard and Peoria Street. The house that was raided this week is 13 blocks away.
On Wednesday, Lashaya’s family released a statement: “Our family remains confident that we will find Lashaya and bring him home.” The family thanked the police and asked anyone with new information to call the investigators. Anyone who tips on how to solve the case will receive a reward of $ 15,000.
Lashaya was a student at George Washington High School and was scheduled to go to a sandwich shop for an interview the day she was reported missing. The family searched all of Colorado and as far as Kansas for the girl who would now be 20 years old.