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Search for runaway Sherman teen enters second week

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The Park County Sheriff's Office said 16-year-old Emma Stokes of Sherman ran away from a foster care home in Pine Junction, Colorado, on July 7, 2019. (Courtesy Park County Sheriff's Office) The Park County Sheriff's Office said 16-year-old Emma Stokes of Sherman ran away from a foster care home in Pine Junction, Colorado, on July 7, 2019. (Courtesy Park County Sheriff's Office)

PARK COUNTY, Colo. -- It's now been more than a week since 16-year-old Emma Stokes of Sherman disappeared in Colorado.

Emma was adopted at birth by Lisa and Jerry Stokes.

“We loved her before we ever even saw her,” said Lisa.

Emma suffers from a mental health issue and was getting treatment at a residential treatment center in Pine, Colorado. Sunday, July 7 she and 16-year-old Anna Frankman ran away.

"It took a while to sink in," said her mom, Lisa Stokes. "It felt almost like it wasn't happening."

 “That morning we thought ‘ok this is crazy, but we’re about to find them’ and then the search just kept continuing,” said Alyssa Carter, who has known the family for twenty years.

Now, in the second week of searching they still have no leads.

“We’re just praying,” said Carter.

“We’ve had people fly up this past weekend and we were passing out flyers and just trying to get the word out as far and wide as we can,” said Lisa.

Her parents say they’re worried about her safety.

“They truly are at a much higher risk because of the mental health issues and not being on their medications than the average teenager that might get mad and leave home,” they said.

“They’re far more susceptible to being taken advantage of because of their mental state,” added Aaron Gage, friend of the family.

They want Emma to know they just want her home safe and sound.

“I don’t want her to think that we’re going to be mad at her, because we’re not. We don’t want her to feel like this is unforgivable because we still love her. We need her. She’s part of our family and our family’s not complete until we get her here,” said the Stokes.

The Park County, Colorado, Sheriff's Office said Emma and Anna Frankman, also 16, are considered "runaway juveniles" from a therapeutic foster care home for treatment of significant mental health issues in Pine Junction, located about 30 miles southwest of Denver.

Officials described Stokes as 5'-5" tall, 110 lbs., with dark blonde frosted hair. She was last seen on July 7 wearing a navy blue hoodie with red print and jeans.

The two teens are not considered to be a danger to the public, but the sheriff's office asked that anyone with information about them call the dispatch center at 719-836-4121 option 5.

The Pray for Emma Facebook group has been established to share information about the missing teen.


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