Where is Chloe Campbell? Boulder police say 14-year-old missing for over a week could be in grave danger
Update: Chloe Campbell, 14, who had vanished after attending a school football game in Boulder, Colorado, on September 30, has now been found at a residential address in Thornton around 5pm on Monday, October 10, and is currently in hospital for evaluation.
Her parents reported her missing on Sept 30, but it took police until October 8 to urge people to come forward with information related to her disappearance.
Chloe Campbell, 14, is believed to have run away from her home. Police said she was last seen at a Boulder High School football game on Friday, September 30, but no one in her family has seen or spoken to her since. Some of Campbell's friends reported getting text messages they believe are from her, but police have not been able to verify the authenticity of the messages and if they were actually from her.
As reported by 9 News, the text messages say Campbell was safe with a family in Arizona and doesn't want to return home, but police don't know if this was true. Furthermore, authorities are increasingly worried for her safety considering she doesn't have access to money or her medication. They said a few people reported seeing the teenager in the Boulder area after she went missing. Police also said she could be with a man.
A 14 year old Boulder HS student has been missing since September 30th. Chloe Campbell was last seen on the Boulder Creek trail with two older men behind the school leaving the BHS football game. Hear from her parents at 10 pic.twitter.com/56CtPSjyJL— Michael Abeyta (@AbeytaCBS4) October 8, 2022
In a statement, Boulder police said Campbell's family wants her "to know that they just want her home safe and that she is not in trouble." Authorities described the teenager as having blue eyes and blonde hair, standing about 5-foot 6-inches tall, and weighing about 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie, purple top, and blue jeans.
The 14-year-old's embattled family has been pleading with the police and the public to bring more attention to the case. As reported by Fox News, even the deceased JonBenet Ramsey's half-brother John called on the Boulder Police Department (BPD) to find the missing teenager. BPD has been handling JonBenet's homicide case since 1996. "Damnit @boulderpolice get off your ass and find this child!" Ramsey posted on Twitter. "Have you ever met a 14yr old kid [sic]? Not usually trusted to make sound rational decisions."
Campbell's family has been providing daily updates on the case on a public Google Doc page. "Chloe’s family wants to thank you all for the outpouring of support and outreach as we continue to look for her. As of the time of this writing, Chloe is still not safe," the document states as of Saturday, October 8. "Her whereabouts are still unknown to authorities or her family and we believe her to be critically at-risk due to a number of factors."
Based on what they have heard from her friends, her family believes "she may be with someone (or several people) who are men, or older boys, who could be involved with drug dealing and who may have violent criminal records," the Google Doc reads. They also believe there may be other kids who know the 14-year-old's whereabouts or how to reach her but are withholding information from law enforcement.
Chloe's family bemoaned that the BPD classified her as a "runaway" rather than a missing person. "[L]aw enforcement and school authorities may have inadvertently downplayed the true critical nature of the case, which has caused much angst to her family and the community," her family wrote. "The family is working collaboratively with the authorities to get the case the proper designation given additional risk factors and has retained private investigation resources in the interim to continue investigating leads."
If you or anyone you know has information about Chloe Campbell's disappearance, you are urged to contact the Boulder Police Department at 303-441-3333, option 8, and reference case No. 22-9868 or Chloe’s full name. Tipsters can also contact her family via voice or text at 720-507-7379. You can also provide anonymous tips at 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678), press No. 1, and refer to report No. 146-2673.