Man charged with first-degree murder, sexual assault in case of missing Pueblo teenager

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Lea Chali Porter (Credit: Westminster Police Department)

WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- Westminster Police are set to search a landfill in Commerce City for the body of a 19-year-old woman reported missing more than a week ago.

Police arrested the man they believe killed the Pueblo woman on Thursday.

Christopher Waide faces charges of first-degree murder and sexual assault.

Lea Porter went from missing person to murder victim officially Thursday night. And Waide went from high school friend of the victim to her suspected killer.

“The information we got from her family was she had just broken up with her boyfriend. She was down and out about that, as anybody would be, and she connected, reconnected with Christopher up here,” says Westminster Police spokeswoman Cheri Spottke.

Porter’s mother said Lea came to visit Waide at his Westminster apartment at West 92nd Avenue and Federal Boulevard on June 3.

Her mom reported her missing two days later.

“This was the last known place that she was. That’s why the investigation centered here,” says Spottke.

Waide said he wanted to help find her—sharing posts on Facebook of her disappearance for four days, and posting: “Please Lea come back to us.”

He told police she left his apartment late Wednesday night—in a light-colored truck.

But now, her family says he placed her body in a dumpster.

And police have sectioned off part of a landfill in Commerce City where they will begin searching for Lea’s body Monday.

“I don’t think I ever seen the guy. I not know him,” says Jack Wolbrink, Waide’s neighbor, who lives in the unit below him.

Neighbors say Waide was almost invisible.

“I’ve been here about six months, I’ve never seen him come out or anything. So he’s real quiet,” says Angel Rivera, who lives in the unit above Waide.

It is that sense of peace police hope to now give Lea’s family.

“Our main goal now is to bring Lea home and get her back with her family,” says Spottke.

Waide will be in Adams County Court Monday where he’ll be advised of the two felony charges against him.

Here are four posts that were shared on Waide's Facebook page from June 6-9:



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