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Missing girl's mom urges action from sheriff

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Gary and Emma Stokes went online to appeal for more help in finding their missing daughter. (Facebook) Gary and Emma Stokes went online to appeal for more help in finding their missing daughter. (Facebook)
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)
Prayers were offered for the safe return of Emma Stokes at Texoma Christian School in Sherman. (KTEN) Prayers were offered for the safe return of Emma Stokes at Texoma Christian School in Sherman. (KTEN)

Emma Stokes, 16, remained at large Wednesday morning.

The Sherman teen and another 16-year-old girl, Anna Frankman, walked away from a mental health treatment facility in Colorado on July 7 and haven't been seen since.

Emma's mother, Lisa Stokes, made an emotional Facebook video appeal Wednesday for the sheriff of Park County, Colorado, to enlist the help of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in tracking down the two girls.

"Time is of the essence," Lisa Stokes said. "I am frankly scared to death. I am scared that they may have been abducted ... I am scared that they may have fallen into the hands of a sexual predator."

Stokes urged anyone watching to call Sheriff Tom McGraw and urge him to seek additional help in the search.

"Park County is about 300 square miles larger than Grayson County; it is a staggering 2,200 square miles, and larger than the State of Delaware," she said. "His 'no' to our request is not good enough."

Students and faculty, many wearing purple #PrayForEmma T-shirts, gathered at the Texoma Christian School gymnasium in Sherman Tuesday evening to offer support.

"We are a close-knit family here -- not only as a school, but as believers in Christ," said Sandy Keller, who was one of Emma's teachers. "We are just imploring our Heavenly Father for the safe return of these girls."

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Emma Stokes or Anna Frankman,  contact the Park County Sheriff's Office at 719-836-4121 option 5.

KTEN reporter Brittany Breeding and photojournalist Dave Potter contributed to this report.


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