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Mom releases new video of missing teen Ali Ponte

By Lindsay Watts, Weekend GMC Anchor/Target 13 Investigator , l.watts@krdo.com
Published On: Sep 09 2013 06:42:51 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 09 2013 06:47:41 PM CDT

Ali Ponte, 14, has been missing since Wednesday from Woodland Park. Her mom his hoping you can help bring her home.

WOODLAND PARK, Colo. -

The family of a missing teenager from Woodland Park is hoping you can help bring her home. Alexandra "Ali" Ponte, 14, hasn't been seen since Wednesday, Sept. 4th.

"There are no words," said Ali's mom, Christine Duis. "My heart is just breaking."

She gave KRDO Newschannel 13 recent video of Ali playing with her dogs and new photos of the teen. She's hoping someone will recognize her daughter.

Duis said she and Ali got in an argument Wednesday evening about a post Ali had put on Facebook.

"I got a call at about 9 from her best friend's mom saying they had dropped her off at (Memorial Park) where she was meeting another friend to stay the night with," said Duis.

Duis said Ali didn't go to that friend's home. Two men reported that they saw Ali walking on Baldwin Street behind the high school at about 9:10 p.m. and from there she's seemingly disappeared.

Woodland Park Police said they don't suspect foul play. They're getting help from the FBI trying to locate Ali's cell phone.

"What I understand from (the FBI) is they actually have an agent that lives in the Woodland Park area that heard about the case and that prompted them to contact us to offer assistance," said Detective Sgt. Thomas Kinney.

Kinney said police are interviewing Ali's friends and following up on tips.

"We received a tip this morning that she might have been observed on I-76 in northeast Colorado, so we're following up on that lead," Kinney said.

Ali's mom says she hopes her daughter just ran away.

"We just want her to know that she's not in trouble. We just want her to come home," said Duis. "It's devastating to think you could lose a child. So I have to hold on to hope that she's still alive and she's still going to come home."

Ali is 5'5 and weighs 115 lbs. She was last seen wearing a bright blue hoodie and skinny jeans. She had a blue and grey Nike backpack and was wearing her hair in a ponytail. Call Woodland Park Police with any information at 719-687-9262.

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