Texas teen missing for 10 days in Colorado reunited with family

Emma Stokes. (Family photo)
Emma Stokes. (Family photo)(KWTX)
Published: Jul. 11, 2019 at 1:32 PM CDT
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A teenage girl from Sherman who was the focus of a 10-day search in Colorado has been reunited with her family.

Emma Stokes, 16, had been missing since 10 p.m. July 7 in Park County Colo. west of Colorado Springs.

Stokes' family said the teen had been in Colorado for two weeks before running away with 16-year-old Anna Frankman, 16, who is also from out of state.

The Park County, Colo. Sheriff’s Office learned at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday that the two girls had been seen at an apartment complex in Wheat Ridge, a western Denver suburb.

Colorado Bureau of Investigations and Wheat Ridge officers responded to the area and found the two, who were taken to the Park County Sheriff’s Office in Bailey, Colo.

Stokes’ family requested privacy.

“The Stokes are thankful and grateful for each of you. However, they are requesting some privacy as they reunite with their daughter and navigate the roads ahead,” they said in a Facebook post.

The two teens were in what the family described as an intense mental health therapy program at the Institute for Attachment and Child Development in Littleton when they left the home in which they were staying.

When they left, they triggered an alarm to which Park County deputies responded.

A search, which included a K9 team, led officers to a state highway, but there the trail ended.

In a video appeal Wednesday, the teenager’s mother, Lisa Stokes, asked supporters to urge Park County, Colo. Sheriff Tom Mc Graw to request assistance in the search for her daughter from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

We’re “heartbroken and desperate,” she said.

The video had been viewed nearly 30,000 times by early Wednesday afternoon.

Stokes’ classmates gathered Tuesday night at Texoma Christian School for a prayer meeting.

"We love her and we miss her and we want her to come home. She is a vital part of what we do here," Principal Linda Yielding told KXII-TV in Sherman.

"Someone out there may hear something and know something and help us to bring her home," she said.

The teens had no access to electronics during their stay, knew no one in the area, left without money, backpacks and electronics and had no survival skills, the family said.