FBI increases reward for information in case of missing teenager

AURORA, Colo. -- The reward for information about the whereabouts of a missing Aurora teenager has been increased to $15,000.

Lashaya Stine was last seen at 2:30 a.m. near Peoria Street and Montview Boulevard on July 15, 2016. She was 16 years old at the time.

Her mother hopes the increase in reward money will prompt someone to come forward with information.

“Money talks,” Sabrina Jones said.

She fears her daughter might have been forced into prostitution.

“She needs to know that we love her, and that no matter what has happened, she can always come home, and that she’s not in any trouble,” she said.

Police Chief Nick Metz said this is the most frustrating case he’s worked on since he came to Aurora.

Officers have spent thousands of hours running down tips from across the country, and they still don’t know what happened to Stine.

“It’s heartbreaking that we are not getting much of anything that is useful in finding her,” Metz said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 303-739-6164 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

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