Volunteers Search For Missing Fort Morgan Teen

Kayla Marie Chadwick Disappeared Nearly 1 Month Ago

About 100 volunteers searched around Fort Morgan on Saturday for a 17-year-old girl who's been missing nearly a month.

An organizer said volunteers spent hours in four areas around the city for Kayla Marie Chadwick. Friends have created a Facebook page, Bring Kayla Chadwick Home.

"She's classified as a missing, endangered person at this point. We're just doing everything we can to locate her," said Det. Todd Zwetzig, Ft. Morgan police spokesman.

Despite searching for nearly 12 hours, volunteers found no trace of Kayla, something her mother took as a good sign.

"Which is a blessing from God. Knowing she's not there is a relief. But then the question arises; where is she?" Robin Adams, Kayla's mother told 7NEWS.

One possibility is that the teenager ran away, something her mother says has happened before.

"Yes. 2 years ago. She was going out with a boy that I didn't approve of," Adams said.

Also Saturday, Morgan County Sheriff Jim Crone told 7NEWS Kayla got into a physical altercation with her boyfriend on March 27, but that "he was not the offender."

"Granted, that's a one-sided account so far," Crone said, adding that a family member of the boyfriend or family members were present during the altercation with Chadwick.

"This is not simply a girl that vanished off a street corner," Crone said.

His investigators believe the teen did run away, but Crone emphasized no conclusions have been drawn.

Chadwick was last seen on the night of March 27 in the 19500 block of County Road R.7, police said.

Ft. Morgan police, Morgan County sheriff's investigators and the FBI are working in close contact with each other on the case, Zwetzig said.

Chadwick is 5-feet 5-inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. She has long, red hair with black tips.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a plaid shirt covering a black lace spaghetti-strap shirt and black shoes.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Fort Morgan Police Department at 970-867-5678

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