Teens who ran away from mental health treatment home in Park County found safe

Posted at 4:58 PM, Jul 17, 2019

PARK COUNTY, Colo. – After 10 days of searching, the two teens who ran away from a mental health treatment home in Park County were found safe on Wednesday, authorities said.

Emma Stokes and Anna Parkman, both 16, ran away from the home in Pine Junction, southwest of Denver, on the night of July 7. Stokes' parents, who came to Colorado to search for their daughter, said they were told that the girls climbed out of a bedroom window and that Emma took no belongings.

No more details were available Wednesday, according to the sheriff's office.

Stokes, who is from Sherman, Texas, had been at the home for two weeks, for treatment for mental health issues, her parents said. Before the girls were found, Stokes' parents had no leads on where their daughter might have gone. A Facebook support group, Pray for Emma, had more than 14,000 members as of Wednesday.

The Stokes called the search for their daughter heart-wrenching.

"It's pretty killer," Jerry Stokes said. "It's a huge empty hole inside of you and you feel helpless. It's sounds cliche, but it's something you never thought would happen to you."