‘We want you home safe:’ Essex couple asks for 16-year-old daughter’s return during vigil held by community members

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ESSEX, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police and the tri-town community, consisting of Deep River, Essex, and Chester, are still searching for a 16-year-old girl who has been missing for two weeks.

No one has heard from Katherine Konrad, of Essex, since Dec. 20, 2019.

Her family told News 8 that she celebrated her father’s birthday that morning and then was taken to school by her mother.

But then they got word from school that she never showed up for class and has not been seen or heard from since.

State police believe Kate ran away with 22-year-old Kyle Sheehan to Tennessee. There is an active Silver Alert for Kate.

On Thursday, residents came together to hold a vigil at St. John’s Church in Essex for her safe return. The pews were packed and candles were lit.

As crowds gathered, her parents and friends begged for her safe return.

“We want you home safe,” her father, Scott Konrad said. “Whatever is on your mind, whatever caused you to do this, there is no issue that is so big that we can’t work through it together as a family and as a community.”

“At any point, I feel she could be in danger, but I have known her a while, and I know she wouldn’t purposely put herself in a dangerous situation but her safety is our main concern,” said her friend, Cormac Kline.

“I don’t think she realized all the love and support the community has, especially everyone that showed up,” friend, Paige Lombardi, added. “Kate doesn’t know every single one of these people very well, but they are still all showing support.”

While the search for Kate continues, her father said he is thankful for all of the support his family has received.

“It is a comfort to know that everybody is pulling for you, everybody wants this to come out the right way. So, it gives us strength and it gives us the hope to carry forward with each new day.”

Valley Regional High School is providing counselors for students affected by this situation.

Kate is 5′ 2″, weighs 120 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on where she may be is asked to contact State Police Troop F in Westbrook at (860) 399-2100.

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