Search intensifies for missing Fort Morgan teen

Kayla Chadwick
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FORT MORGAN, Colo. – A massive search for a missing teen continued Saturday in Fort Morgan, about 80 miles to the northeast of Denver.

17-year-old Kayla Chadwick hasn’t been seen for nearly a month after having a fight with her boyfriend on March 27.

Approximately 75 volunteers searched the area on foot, by air, horse and ATV.

Searchers covered between 40 and 50 square miles on the ground and 150 square miles by air.

"She’s out there. We just got to find her," says volunteer Cindy Dillehay.

They looked under bridges, near water, and long, lonely stretches of land.

"We’re supposed to look for anything that's been disturbed, any dirt, or sticks, brush.”We’re supposed to look for any clothing Kayla was wearing,” says volunteer searcher Melanie Leamon.

It's a search in which they hope they actually don't find anything.

"Everyone is going on a lot of hope. Tuesday will be 4 weeks Kayla has been missing," says volunteer Chastity Houser.

Her family and friends say she’d never run away.

"She was doing well in school. She had just registered for college classes. She just got a new truck. You would just think … if she ran, she would take her money, take her vehicle," says Houser.

Many of the searchers don’t know the teenager, but they do know how her family must feel, including Tony and Maria Monge.

"It absolutely brings it back doing this," Tony says.

Their daughter Kenia Monge disappeared last April. Her killer led police to her buried body about five months later in Weld County.

"What we went through we know what this family is going through. We have an expertise in something no one wants to have," says Tony.

They covered a lot of ground, but know they have miles to go. Compassion fuels every step.

"If you've got a kid out here, a sister, a mom, anybody, you want to find her and bring her home. That's the next thing," says emotional volunteer Josh Houser.

The group didn’t find anything Saturday, giving them a clearer answer as to what happened to Kayla.

But they say no news is good news, and it keeps hope alive that she’s still alive.

Fort Morgan police say Kayla’s disappearance is still considered a missing person's case.

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