Chris Harris
December 05, 2017 01:02 PM

 

A former college basketball standout is facing first-degree murder charges in Colorado, where he stands accused of murdering his girlfriend, who vanished from Denver in 2013 just hours after learning she was pregnant, PEOPLE confirms.

Kelsie Schelling, 21, was last seen on Feb. 4, 2013, and had told relatives she was planning to drive to Pueblo, Colorado, to tell the news to her boyfriend, Donthe Lucas, she was eight weeks pregnant with their child, according to police.

Police say she made it to Pueblo; her car was found in Pueblo about ten days after Schelling went missing.

At the time of Schelling’s disappearance, Lucas was playing basketball for Northeastern Junior College.

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Help Find Kelsie/Facebook

Schelling has not been seen since, but the Pueblo Police Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation charged Lucas, 25, in Schelling’s presumed homicide.

According to a police statement, “Lucas was already in custody at the Pueblo County Detention Center facing unrelated charges” when he was served with an arrest warrant.

Lucas, who was behind bars on armed robbery charges, is being held without bond. He has not entered pleas to the charges against him, and PEOPLE was unable to determine if he has a lawyer.

Donthe Lucas
Pueblo Police Dept

The statement says that “because the investigation remains active, details about the investigation and what led to the arrest of Lucas cannot be released at this time.”

Schelling’s family could not be reached for comment.

A post on the Help Find Kelsie Facebook page urges people to come forward so that her family can give her and her unborn child a proper burial.

“Donthe Lucas faces first degree murder charges in the case of Kelsie Schelling,” the post starts. “It took many people to mobilize to reach this common goal of making an arrest and the family thanks them for the hard work, dedication and professionalism they have exhibited. For many, it also took a great deal of heart.”

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The post continues that while “we believe justice will be served in this case … we will never give up on finding her and bringing Kelsie and her unborn baby home. We will achieve both goals as we believe seeking justice and finding them are inextricably entwined. With your help, we can achieve it.”

Those with any information about the case are asked to contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers at (719) 542-7867.

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