GREELEY — The longer Kayleah Wilson is gone, the more certain police and FBI investigators are that the 12-year-old Greeley girl was abducted.
"Our concern that she is safe increases by the day," Greeley Police Chief Jerry Garner said Thursday.
While not eliminating the possibility that Kayleah left her home and family of her own free will, police are "definitely leaning that this is not a runaway situation," Garner said. "This is something more serious
Garner said in most cases, runaways call someone a few days after they leave home. But no one has heard from Kayleah since she left her mother's apartment in west Greeley the afternoon of March 28 to walk about eight blocks to a friend's birthday party.
Jim Davis, the FBI's special agent in charge of the Denver office, said Thursday that he would be surprised if the person who took Kayleah is still in Greeley. "We have scoured the area pretty well," he said.
Davis said the number of FBI investigators working on the case has been scaled back as the number of leads has dwindled.
The FBI hopes some psychological indicators developed by the agency's Behavorial Analysis Unit might point them to the person responsible for Kayleah's disappearance.
Since the evening of March 28 the person:
• Could be coming up with excuses to leave the area unexpectedly for what may sound like a good reason (work related, visit a distant relative or friend, etc.)
• May have missed work, called in sick, asked to change shifts, particularly on days close to the night Kayleah disappeared.
• May have unexplained recent injuries (cuts, bruises) particularly on his head, hands or arms.
• May have an unexpected or sudden interest in the status of this investigation.
• May minimize or deny a known acquaintance with Kayleah.
• May display nervousness or irritability.
• May show a recent increase or decrease in expressing religious beliefs.
• May have changed routine sleep patterns.
• May have changed "usual" consumption of alcohol, drugs or cigarettes.
• May have shaved off facial or head hair or started growing a mustache or beard.
• May no longer be driving, or changing the appearance of, his personal or work vehicle for no obvious reason, including suddenly keeping it in a shed or garage, covering it, painting it, selling it, reporting it stolen or giving it away.