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Missing indigenous teen in Denver

Kaleb Waid, 15, was last seen near Dahlia Street and 14th Avenue on Monday.

DENVER — Police are asking for the public's help in finding 15-year-old Kaleb Waid.

Waid was last seen on Monday in the area do Dahlia Street and 14th Avenue in Denver, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Waid is 5-foot-6 inches tall and about 105 pounds.

Waid was wearing a black shirt with a gray sweater, black pants with a bejeweled belt and white shoes, police said.

Anyone who may have seen Waid or knows his whereabouts asked to call 911 or the Denver Police Department (DPD) at 720-913-2000.

On January 1, 2023, a new system to alert the public about missing indigenous people launched thanks to a law signed in 2022.

SB 22-150 expanded the investigation into cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people, and created the Missing Indigenous Person Alert (MIPA) through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

A request for a MIPA must come from police. The law also requires a law enforcement agency that receives a report of a missing Indigenous person to tell CBI within eight hours if it involves an adult, or within two hours for a missing child.  

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