Mother of missing boater holds out hope

New London

Michelle McKenna has moved back to her family’s home in North Stonington. 

The house has many pictures and other reminders of a daughter she still hopes to see again someday.

“Yeah kind of like a shrine,” said McKenna.

The last 10 months have been painfully difficult. In fact it was exactly 10 months ago today on May 27 that her daughter Sofia McKenna went missing.

“This was her home and it makes me happy but it hurts,” said McKenna.

Sofia had gone out on a sunfish sailboat from UConn’s Avery Point with her friend 20-year old Spencer Mugford on Memorial Day weekend. The last time they were seen alive was in Snapchat photos taken at New London Ledge Light.

Related: Family of missing boater still hoping to find her

“They were posted at 2am and the phone calls came in … started coming in at 2:05, 2:06, 2:07, 2:08,  2:08, 2:08 and then 2:09,” explained McKenna.

She wonders why her daughter didn’t leave a message or call 911. Mugford’s body was located almost two weeks after they disappeared but Sofia has never been found.

“That’s what haunts me is basically she could be alive,” said McKenna. “She could be.”

Today Connecticut State Police posted a Facebook message asking anyone with information about her daughter’s disappearance to come forward.

“It gives me more hope knowing they reached out, you know,” said McKenna.

Being back at her family’s home is bittersweet for McKenna. The house next door ot her mother’s is where Sofia spent much of her childhood.

“She would get dropped off at the end of the road on the bus,” McKenna fondly remembered.

Many memories and a voice she’ll never forget.

“Mommy come and find me and hopefully if anybody knows anything at all just come forward,” said McKenna.

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