Colorado’s first Missing Indigenous Person Alert issued for man last seen in Denver

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation issued its first Missing Indigenous Person Alert for a 27-year-old man who was last seen in Denver.

Wanbil Vigil was last seen about 2 p.m. Thursday in the 3400 block of Knox Court, according to the CBI.

The CBI posted the Missing Indigenous Person Alert on social media on Tuesday, the first of its kind after the passage of SB 22-150.

“This is the first alert under the new banner,” said Susan Medina, chief of staff media relations with the CBI.

The alert system went live on Dec. 30. The new legislation “expands the investigation of missing and murdered Indigenous relative cases,” including the new missing alert system, according to the Colorado Department of Public Safety. The CBI is responsible for issuing the alerts with information provided by law enforcement agencies.

SB22-150, sponsored by Reps. Leslie Herod and Monica Duran and Sen. Jessie Danielson, all Democrats, aims specifically to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people in Colorado. Indigenous women in particular face heightened rates of violence, advocates and researchers say. And those crimes are too often not properly tracked or understood.

Vigil, who is 6′ 1″ tall and weighs 180 pounds, was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black jacket with white stripes. He has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Denver police at 720-913-2000.

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