On July 15, 1986, seven month old Christopher Abeyta was taken from his parents’ bedroom in the middle of the night and foul play is suspected. The investigation into Christopher’s disappearance remains an active and open investigation with the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Missing Persons and Cold Case Units.
The Colorado Springs Police Department receives investigative resources and support on missing children cases from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). In the Christopher Abeyta case, this includes a dedicated NCMEC Investigator who works with assigned CSPD Cold Case Detectives. NCMEC offers advanced forensic testing on cases of missing and unidentified children through a partnership with the University of North Texas (UNT) Center for Human Identification (UNTCHI). The UNT Laboratory is an accredited forensic laboratory which is globally recognized as a leader in forensic identification.
During 2018, investigative tips were received identifying three separate individuals as potentially being Christopher Abeyta. DNA samples were collected voluntarily from these three individuals. The first tip was received from the NCMEC on August 9, 2018. DNA was collected on August 22, 2018 from the donor and sent to the UNT Laboratory on August 23, 2018. The second tip was received by a family member of Christopher Abeyta on August 29, 2018 and on that same date, a DNA sample was obtained by the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) and sent to the UNT laboratory on August 30, 2018. The third tip was received on October 5, 2018 from a police department in Florida
after this male subject contacted the Colorado Springs Police Department via telephone. A DNA sample was collected from this individual in Florida and was received by CSPD on October 27, 2018. CSPD forwarded the DNA sample to the UNT laboratory on October 28, 2018.
On February 1, 2018, CSPD received the results for all three DNA samples that were sent to the UNT lab in 2018. As a result of the testing, it was determined that none of these three individuals are Christopher Abeyta.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.