FBI now involved in week-long search for Woodland Park 14-year-old

Posted on: 11:37 am, September 11, 2013, by , updated on: 12:10pm, September 11, 2013

A recent picture of Alexandra Ponte, the 14-year-old who is missing from Woodland Park (Woodland Park Police)

A recent picture of Alexandra Ponte, the 14-year-old who is missing from Woodland Park (Woodland Park Police)

WOODLAND PARK, Colo. — Though police initially suspected that Alexandra Ponte had just run away from her parents home in Woodland Park after an argument, tensions are now mounting considering the 14-year-old has been missing for a week.

According to FBI spokesperson Dave Joly, his office have joined the search for Ponte, who goes by Ali. But Joly stressed the bureau’s involvement was “very minimal” as of Wednesday morning, saying the case is still mostly being run by local authorities.

Ponte reportedly left her home and went to Memorial Park around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, according to Woodland Park Police spokesperson Sean Goings. She has not been heard from since.

Christine Duis, Ponte’s mother, said she and her daughter got in an argument that night about a status update Ponte had posted on Facebook. As of Wednesday, Goings said Woodland Park Police have no reason to suspect foul play.

“My hope and my prayer is that she planned this out and she is with someone she knows,” Duis said through tears. “But I don’t really know.”

Ponte is 5-foot-5, weighs 115 pounds and was last seen wearing a bright blue hoodie and skinny jeans. She also had a grey and black Nike backpack and was wearing her hair in a ponytail, Goings said.

Anyone who has information about her whereabouts is being asked to call the Woodland Park Police at 719-687-9262.