Parents describe ordeal after missing Sherman girl found safe in Colorado

Published: Jul. 18, 2019 at 5:51 PM CDT
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"We were just so thankful she was found safe," said Lisa Stokes.

Emma's parents say the last 11 days have felt like a blur.

"It doesn't feel like things are real, its kind of like you're in a fog. Then you have to hit the ground running, not knowing what to do because you have never been through anything like this," said Jerry Stokes.

Emma's parents Jerry and Lisa got several calls over the 10 days their daughter was missing on potential leads where she might be, but ended up at a dead end.

"They basically said they had her, and it was her. Still in the back of your mind, I just kept thinking, don't get your hopes up too much, because what if this is someone else that looks like her?" said Lisa Stokes.

Park County Colorado Sheriff Tom McGraw said after Emma Stokes and Anna Frankman escaped from the mental health facility in Colorado, they made their way up to Denver, where they befriended another girl their same age at a park.

The girl invited them in to her home, where they stayed for a week.

McGraw says Wednesday afternoon, the family that took the girls in called law enforcement, and took them back to Park County to meet up with their parents.

"When I laid my eyes on her, it was just really good," said Lisa Stokes.

Jerry and Lisa say they will spend several days reaching out to everyone who has helped them find their daughter.

"The local law enforcement has been great, but to see your community, it just made me melt is the best way to describe it. You never know how much people love you and want to help you until you go through something like this," said Lisa Stokes.

Lisa and Jerry Stokes say they will decide over the next few days if they will keep Emma at the Colorado facility for further treatment.