Home » Daphne Hope, 35: Last Seen In Colorado In 2001
The 34-year-old was last seen in Aurora but was reported missing in Denver, leaving her case in the balance until 2008.
Often, the police classify missing persons as endangered due to their high-risk lifestyles, and Daphne Hope is one of those cases. Again we’re confronted with a story with little to no information; however, It doesn’t preclude Daphne from receiving the attention she deserves.
The specific circumstances regarding Daphne’s disappearance aren’t entirely clear. However, it is reported by several agencies that the 34-year-old was last seen on August 2, 2001. Daphne was reported missing weeks later on August 16, but once again, it is unknown why it took so long for someone to contact the authorities. Her last point of contact was somewhere around the 2000 block of Fulton Street in Aurora, Colorado, where she lived with a man named Gary Lynn Sterling. It’s reported that Sterling was Daphne’s boyfriend and denied knowing her whereabouts.
Daphne was initially reported missing to the Denver Police Department. Yet, it would take seven years for the department to revisit the case and determine that it should have been handled by authorities in Aurora. What led to this mix-up hasn’t been shared publicly, but it raises concerns about investigation efforts from the onset.
Additionally, Daphne’s “high-risk” lifestyle involved both drug activity and prostitution. Police did issue a search warrant on her residence, but they were unable to find evidence that could help in locating her. Sadly, Black women who come from dangerous lifestyles often find their cases dismissed by investigators. That isn’t to say such was the case here, but there hasn’t been an update on Daphne in decades.
At the time of her disappearance, Daphne Hope stood 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighed 150 pounds. She had black/dark brown hair, brown eyes, and a scar on her right arm. She would be 55 years old at the time of this publication. Reference DNA was taken by investigators from a family member.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Aurora Police Department at (303) 627-3100. The agency case number is 2008-49456.
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