ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) – The family of the a 16-year-old St. Peters girl who had been missing, along with a registered sex offender, confirms she has been found. She was found in Monroe County just after midnight. A member of Kinkade’s family turned the two into authorities. Police showed up at the residence where the two were staying and found Molly. She was safe with no visible injuries. Benjamin Kinkade was taken into police custody and then released.
Family members say she is really shaken up and ready to be back home with family.
Molly Linhardt was last seen January 14 when her father dropped her off at the KFC where she works.
Her family has been begging her to come home. Molly’s grandma and sister say she’s a fun-loving, happy teen with a rebellious streak, but they never expected her to stay gone this long and that’s why they were concerned.
Molly’s parents reported her missing on January 14 when they realized she wasn’t scheduled to work that day. Her sister Katie says Molly developed a relationship with Benjamin Kinkade, 27, who was a manager at the KFC where she works on Jungermann Road.
Even though her family voiced disapproval, Molly continued seeing him in secret. But then in December, the two were pulled over by police, who discovered he’s a registered sex offender. Court documents show he was convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl when he was 17. KFC found out about this, and fired him.
The search for the two were hampered because Linhardt left her phone in St. Peters and Kinkade turned his off.