Christopher, approximate photo date 1986 Age-progression to age 32 (approximate photo date 2017)
Missing since: 07/15/1986
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 11/28/1985 (34)
Age at time of disappearance: 7 months old
Height / Weight: 2'2, 25 pounds
Other characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Christopher is of Swedish, German and Spanish descent. His hair may darken to brown or brownish-blond as he grows older. His father and brothers are all of average to above average height and Christopher may be also.
Details at time of disappearance: In the early morning hours of July 15, 1986, Christopher's parents couldn't locate their son. They had put him to bed at midnight and found his crib empty in the morning. Their garage door opener was missing and a basement window was open. Christopher has never been heard from again. At 6:30 a.m., his parents alerted the police. Arriving officers couldn't find any signs of forced entry, but the front door was unlocked on the night of his disappearance.
Members of Christopher's family initially seemed like potential suspects in his case. His parents had separated prior to his disappearance but were reconciling, and the night of Christopher's disappearance was the first night his father had spent in the home since the separation. His mother failed two polygraph exams, which she attributed to a withdrawal from tranquilizers.
Authorities haven't cleared either of Christopher's parents of involvement in the case or charged them in connection with it. Three weeks after he vanished, they drained Quail Lake, three blocks from the family's home, to search for his body. They recovered nothing.
Christopher's family member refuse to consider him deceased. They believe he and his guardians don't know he's an abducted child. Christopher's loved ones operate a site featuring information about his case. Texas and New Mexico top the list of his possible locations. According to the website, the family had been receiving hang-up phone calls for about six months before Christopher disappeared. The calls stopped when he vanished, then resumed again several months later.
His sister believes the abductor was Emma Bradshaw, a woman who'd had an affair with Christopher's father and had a history of break-ins. Bradshaw maintains her innocence in the baby's disappearance and the police have not named her as a suspect. In 2015, Bradshaw won a civil judgement for $150,000 against Christopher's sister for interfering with her employment.
Some time after Christopher's disappearance, the Colorado Springs Police Department destroyed most of the case evidence his family accused them of negligence and incompetence in their investigation. His disappearance remains unsolved.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Colorado Springs Police Department
Other information: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Child Protection Education of America
The Rocky Mountain News
Christopher Abeyta's Family Web Site
The Child Seek Network
The Denver Post
Facebook Page for Christopher Abeyta
Psychic detective links:
Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated August 10, 2019 age-progression updated.