Missing At-Risk Teen Reunited With Family

Tip Leads To Christine Harvey Arvada Grocery Store

A missing developmentally disabled teen has been reunited with her family.

Police said a citizen reported seeing Christine Harvey just before 5 p.m. at the King Soopers at West 80th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard. Police officers made contact with her four minutes later.

It was an emotional reunion at her parent's house, where family members hugged her and cried.

"I should have come home sooner," said Christine Harvey. "It was not the brightest thing, but I'm glad I'm home."

Sgt. Michelle Moriarty said police interviewed Harvey and that she is in good condition.

"This is a happy ending," said Bill Harvey, Christine's father. "It's such an extraordinary relief and great feeling knowing she’s home and OK."

The parents told 7NEWS that their daughter stopped to help a drunken man Friday night and said she had been kicked out of the house. They said the man took her in and later took her shopping at an ARC Thrift Store for extra clothes. He then drove her to school Monday morning.

Christine Harvey said they watched movies and didn't see the news. She had no idea how many people were looking for her, and said she didn't realize how long she had been gone.

Police said the Good Samaritan is not facing any charges.

The grocery store is about 2 miles from Harvey's home.

Earlier, police said she was spotted at her high school Monday morning.

Authorities had been looking for Harvey around her Arvada home since Friday afternoon.

Arvada police received a tip that Harvey was seen around 7:10 a.m. outside Westminster High School, said Sgt. Michelle Moriarty.

Westminster High was closed Monday for an in-school service day. Moriarty said Harvey asked a school employee if there was school today, and the employee told her no.

The employee asked Harvey if she was “Christine” and she replied yes, Moriarty said. The employee then asked Harvey to come inside the school, but she walked away and got into a pickup truck being driven by a man, Moriarty said.

Police had been looking for the vehicle described as a small, two-door, red pickup truck as a result of that encounter. Harvey was last seen wearing a longsleeved yellow shirt with flowers and a loose-fitting white skirt.

Christine Harvey poses with mother and brother outside their home Monday evening.

Cameras Show Teen's Path Before She Vanished

Surveillance cameras -- from a neighbor's house to a gas station two miles away -- showed 19-year-old Harvey's path on the Friday afternoon before she vanished.

She was last seen about 4:30 p.m. Friday at her Arvada home in the 6200 block of Wolff Street.

On Sunday, a neighbor showed 7NEWS surveillance video of Harvey walking past his house at 4:50 p.m. Friday.

The video shows the teen pause for a moment at the intersection of Wolff Street and 60th Avenue. She starts turning east, then changes her mind and walks west toward Sheridan Boulevard.

"She obviously had a purpose in mind but was disoriented," Bill Harvey, the missing teen's father, told 7NEWS reporter Jaclyn Allen Sunday.

Police also released surveillance photos showing Harvey entering a Valero gas station in Lakeside at 5:44 p.m. Friday.

Christine Harvey, 19, enters a Valero gas station on Sheridan Boulevard in Lakeside on the Friday afternoon she disappeared.

The gas station, at 4498 Sheridan Blvd., across the street from Lakeside Amusement Park, is more than two miles south of Harvey's home.

Police said Harvey asked a gas station clerk for directions to the Jefferson County Library. The clerk talking with Harvey is shown pointing directions in one photo.

Police said a girl matching Harvey's description asked a man at 60th Avenue and Sheridan for directions to the library Friday afternoon.

Police asked asking several Jefferson County libraries in the area, including those in Edgewater, Wheat Ridge and Lakewood, if anyone had seen Harvey.

On Friday Harvey was wearing a light blue, short-sleeve shirt and blue jeans. Harvey is white, stands 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs about 130 pounds and has long blond hair and blue eyes.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center provided a helicopter on Sunday morning to help search for the girl.

Police using tracking dogs and volunteers searched on the ground for Harvey Sunday.

The gas station sighting caused search teams to move farther south to that area.

Harvey's parents said she has the mental capacity of a 12-year-old, and they were worried she could be an easy target.

“She doesn’t have a lot of experience with people," said her mother, Jerilyn Harvey. "She doesn’t know how to act around them.”

“It would make it easy for a predator to take advantage of her. I pray to God that’s not what it is,” added Bill Harvey.

Her parents said Christine was upset about an art project when she left home. They thought she’d gone for a walk to cool off at nearby Tennyson Knolls Park, where she often visits.

When she didn’t return home by dark, her parents became worried and called police.

The Harveys said their daughter had run away in the past, but only for a couple of hours and never overnight.

Police said they searched through Saturday night but found nothing. Arvada police issued an automated phone call to surrounding homes before search teams went door to door with fliers on Saturday morning.

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