Longmont Toddler, Father Missing Since July 3

Center For Missing Children Asking For Info On Child's Whereabouts

Authorities are looking for a missing 2-year-old Longmont boy who may be with his father.

Luke Aaron Turner disappeared from Longmont on July 3 and hasn't been seen or heard from since, according to police.

Police believe he's with his dad, 50-year-old Monty Ray Turner.

"He's been kept away from me now for 26 days, so I'm very concerned," his mom, Brandy Turner, told 7NEWS.

Brandy Turner said she and her husband were separating in late June, when he asked to spend time with Luke. Her husband was supposed to return Luke after a few days at a pre-determined meeting spot, but never showed.

"I was there a little bit early and then I waited. I think I was there for about 45 minutes and he never came," said Brandy Turner. "I had this thought of, 'What if he doesn't show up?' Just because I hadn't heard from him in a couple of days. The realization just kind of hit me like a truck."

Authorities in Colorado said witnesses last saw Luke with his father camping in Teller County just before the Fourth of July holiday.

"He loves to run, he loves to swing and he loves trains; he loves choo-choos," said Brandy Turner.

"Do you have any reason to believe he's being harmed by your husband in any way?" asked 7NEWS reporter Marshall Zelinger.

"No, I don't," said Brandy Turner. "It's frustrating, and I'm not the only one that's frustrated. I know that law enforcement is frustrated by it, too. They want to help me."

"The best thing here is for this gentleman to contact local law enforcement. Let us know the child's okay. Give a call to the mother. Give a call to someone. Let us know you're okay," said Longmont Police Sgt. Paul Campbell. "Come in and see us. Bring the child with you and we'll work this out." Luke Aaron Turner, Monty Turner

When Monty Turner took his son with him, he legally had the right to since the couple was still married. Since then, Brandy Turner has filed divorce papers and received a temporary protection order to have sole custody of her son. No one has found Monty Turner to be able to serve him the court papers.

"Has a crime been committed?" asked Zelinger.

"No," said Campbell.

"Then why do police care?" asked Zelinger.

"The paramount care from the police department's perspective is the care, safety and welfare of the child," said Campbell.

"If there's no crime, what's the concern of the safety of the child?" asked Zelinger.

"I think, the unknown," said Campbell.

Police believe Monty Turner and Luke were last seen in a 1997 four-door, Ford F350 that is gold or champagne in color. It has a Colorado license plate: 828-UHS. It may have also been towing a 1988 Fleetwood fifth wheel tan-colored camper with a mismatched white-colored door.

"Somebody has seen this little boy," said Brandy Turner.

Anyone with information about case may call local law enforcement or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.

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