26 years after disappearance, family still looking for missing child Christopher Abeyta
Emma Bradshaw says she's not a suspect
11:34 AM, Nov 27, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The family of a baby stolen from his crib in 1986 in Colorado is still trying to find him.
Christopher Abeyta was 7-and-a-half months old when he was kidnapped from his parents' bedroom in Colorado Springs in the middle of night on July 15, 1986.
"COLORADO COMMUNITY, PLEASE, we need your HELP," said the family's post on TheDenverChannel.com's Facebook page. "If you know Emma Bradshaw, maiden name Manzanares and have spoken to her or her family in the past 26 years about Christopher please call the CSPD Detective at 719-482-7179."
While the family calls Bradshaw a suspect, she says that's totally false and police know exactly where she is.
"I'm in no way responsible for the child's disappearance," Bradshaw told 7NEWS.
Bradshaw said she's talked to police many times in the years he's been gone.
The family said Bradshaw, a Castle Rock resident, was having an affair with Christopher's father.
Bradshaw said she had a 20-year relationship with him.
Colorado Springs Police said the Abeyta case is an active, ongoing, missing person's case.
"We can't give details of the investigation," said police spokesman Larry Herbert. "We are investigating all leads."
Search for Christopher
Over the years, Abeyta's family said they have been searching for the boy, launching their own investigation, traveling the country in hopes of finding their son.
Christopher's sister, Denise, said the FBI has completed a review of Christopher's case and it has prompted the Colorado Springs Police Department to take additional investigative steps.
"They are re-interviewing people," said Denise Alves.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released an image of what Christopher may look like. It was created three years ago.
A $100,000 Reward is being offered for information leading to Christopher's whereabouts, whether he is alive, or if he has been murdered, the family said.