Amber Alert: Mother of missing 9-year-old last seen driving east on I-70

The mother of a missing 9-year-old apparently turned off her cell phone before taking the girl and driving east, according to the Basalt Police Department.

Carly Lipnick, 39,  who does not have custody of her daughter, 9-year-old Sloan Lipnick, was last spotted in her vehicle driving east on I-70 near Peoria, in Arapahoe County, at 9 p.m Friday.

The police investigation began Friday when Lipnick’s ex-husband called to report he had not heard from his ex-wife or daughter for a few days, according to a statement from the police department.

Sloan had been staying with her mother, who lives in Basalt. Investigators learned information from a mental health professional that “caused concern for the safety and welfare” of the girl, according to Basalt police.

“Some of the things Carly was saying and describing were of grave concern,” Basalt police Lt. Aaron Munch said Sunday.

Although Lipnick’s cell phone has been turned off for several days, investigators on Friday learned from a ping that she’d been in the Denver area and discovered she’d checked out of a Denver area hotel around noon on Friday. Sloan was with Lipnick at that time, according to Basalt police.

Lipnick is believed to be driving a white 2012 Audi Q5 with a Colorado license plate of OWO236. An Amber Alert was issued Saturday afternoon for Sloan.

Charges are pending against Lipnick, according to Basalt police, who said Lipnick last contacted Basalt police on Tuesday. The police have intervened more than once in ongoing custody disputes between Lipnick and her ex-husband, Munch said.

He said Basalt police received “quite a few” calls and tips on the case after the Amber Alert was issued Saturday, but that none had panned out by Sunday morning.

Anyone who sees Lipnick or her daughter is asked to call 911.

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