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Family of missing boater still hoping to find her

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It’s been more than two months since 21-year-old Sofia McKenna set out on a mastless sailboat from UConn’s Avery Point with 20-year-old Spencer Mugford

The two took the late night ride on May 27th and were never seen alive again.

“Every day in my head… ‘I miss you mommy,'” said Sofia’s mother Michelle McKenna, who often comes to UConn’s Avery Point to talk to her daughter.

The sailboat they were in would later be found empty off of Long Island.

The last time McKenna and Mugford were seen alive was in pictures on social media. One of them shows Sofia posing at New London Ledge Light.

Related: Coast Guard searching for 2 people possibly in water after boat hull found on Long Island

The next day, Michelle found that she had seven missed calls from her daughter.

They were from Mugford’s phone. Sofia’s phone was locked in her car parked at Avery Point.

“The police said she didn’t try to call 911,” said McKenna. “No voicemail. It’s just so bizarre.”

After the massive search was called off on Memorial Day, Spencer’s body was found almost two weeks later.

Sofia is still missing.

“I think she is either drowned or dead or someone could have her,” said Michelle McKenna.

Related Content: Body found in Long Island Sound near Avery Point

For weeks after her disappearance family, friends, and even acquaintances would walk along the shoreline looking for any sign of Sofia. They even created a Facebook page to help in the search.

Those formal searches may have ended, but there are still some who continue to keep an eye out for her like Philip Davis.

“Complete strangers out there looking for me, looking for her,” said McKenna who told Davis her story. “Thank you.”

Davis walks his dog around Avery Point twice a day and always looks for Sofia along the shoreline. 

“Just to bring some closure,” said Davis. “I know it will mean a lot.”

McKenna is hoping others do the same on land and on the water.

“It’s gone on way too long her being missing,” said McKenna.

She doesn’t want Sofia to be forgotten.

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