Family asks for help finding Emma Bradshaw, suspect in disappearance of Christopher Abeyta

Abeyta disappeared in 1986

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The family of a baby stolen from his crib in 1986 in Colorado is once again asking the public for help.

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 this week on'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. If you are friends with her family members, ask them to put pressure on Emma."

The family said Bradshaw, of Castle Rock, was having an affair with Christopher's father and had been stalking the Abeyta family before Christopher's disappearance.

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.


Christopher's birthday next week

Christopher's 27th birthday is next week.

The family has posted a message to Christopher on their website.

"We have searched for you for 26 years," the message says. "Your family continues to investigate your disappearance and will not stop until we have answers and justice has been served. You have loving parents and 6 older brothers and sisters who play an active part in your investigation. We love you!"

The Colorado Springs Police Department's cold case unit look a new look at the case in 2009, but there was no arrest.

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