Gag order put in place in case of missing Bailey teen

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BAILEY, Colo. -- A community has been left concerned and confused as 17-year-old Maggie Long has been missing for three days.

A gag order was put in place Monday morning for all law enforcement involved with the case.

Residents in Bailey are fearing for their safety and wondering where Long could be.

“Usually when they do that, that’s not good. Good things don’t come from that,” resident Rick Craven said.

Investigators can’t release any information as a gag order was issued by a judge in the 11th Judicial District.

“That kind of bothers me. I don’t know what’s going on and I’d like to know, and soon,” Craven said.

Long was reported missing Friday by friends and family when she did not return to a concert at Platte Canyon High School.

Investigators then reported a case of arson inside her Bailey home on Friday evening. It was unclear from investigators if anyone was found inside. Long’s car was still at the residence.

A church is offering a safe place where students can go to talk about their grief.

“This is one of the more profound moments of their life and our door is open and will be open,” said Jay Vonesh, youth pastor at Platte Canyon Community Church.

Vonesh is welcoming all students to the church to reflect. He will offer prayers and a message of hope to those who gather.

“I anticipate some kids would be numb and some will be all talked out and don’t want to talk and just want some space. Some folks just looking to be outside the school atmosphere,” Vonesh said.

Platte Canyon Community Church will be open from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. this week.

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