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Police continue search for woman missing since Sunday

Local law enforcement authorities are searching for a woman who reportedly went missing from the downtown area Sunday night.

According to Pagosa Springs Police Det. Scott Maxwell, authorities were notified at 4 p.m. Monday that Cassandra “Cassie” Chalkley, aka “Moon Flower,” a 26-year-old white female, 140 pounds, 6 feet tall, with reddish brown hair (in dreadlocks) and blue eyes was seen walking away from the Pagosa Springs Town Park Sunday evening.

Chalkey was wearing a brown shirt emblazoned with a heart with wings, multicolored pants and a red hat. The missing woman has a heart condition and does not have her medication with her.

Maxwell and Archuleta County Det, Rich Valdez, aided by a police dog, searched the area near Town Park without success.

A larger effort was mounted Monday and Tuesday, with search and rescue personnel canvassing downtown businesses and searching areas adjacent to the San Juan River and Reservoir Hill.

According to Maxwell, the police dog followed Chalkley’s scent to a point just east of town, at Buckskin Towing, where the trail went cold. Chalkley had last been seen hitchhiking in front of the Everyday store, apparently seeking a ride east. Maxwell said friends of Chalkley stopped to talk to her, told her that people were looking for her and asked how she was doing. Maxwell said that Chalkley reportedly said she was doing well and her friends reported nothing unusual about the woman’s behavior.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pagosa Springs Police Department at (970) 264-4151, Ext. 228, or Dispatch at (970) 264-2131.