Family, community relieved after missing Essex teen found safe in Oklahoma

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(WTNH) — Connecticut State Police say an Essex teen who has been missing for about a month has been found safe in Oklahoma early Friday morning.

CT State Police said officers in Miami, Okla., found 16-year-old Katherine Konrad during a traffic stop at around 4 a.m. Friday.

She was with 22-year-old Kyle Sheehan. Back in December, police believed Konrad left with Sheehan to head towards Tennessee.

It was on Dec. 20, her father’s birthday, that she left Valley Regional High School and hadn’t been seen or heard from by her family for the past four weeks.

During that time, many in the community offered support and were very concerned about her whereabouts. They also held a vigil at St. John’s Church in Essex hoping to bring attention to this situation.

On Friday morning though, her mother got the call she had been hoping for.

Candace Konrad told News 8, “As soon as I hear the trooper knowing that we’ve been living with a runaway situation for the last four weeks today I said, ‘Is she safe; is she okay? You have Kate?’ He said, ‘Yes, I have Kate right here,’ and I start crying, and of course I was so grateful and upset.”

The Konrads said what got them through this all was the support from the community, people they knew and didn’t know and they want to thank them all.

Kate is safe at this time, according to state police.

There are no criminal charges at this time.

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