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ST. PETERS (KMOX) - There is still no sign of Molly Linhardt, the 16-year old girl St. Charles girl who disappeared three days ago in St. Peters and may be with a 27-year old registered sex offender with whom she worked at a Kentucky Fried Chicken.

St. Peter’s Police spokeswoman Officer Melissa Doss says police are hoping the two are still in the metro area. “That is still where we’re concentrating a lot of the search. However, we are looking into the possibility that both of them have left the state.”

The saga began Monday morning when her father dropped her off for school. Linhardt skipped class and, when her father came back to pick her up, he found Benjamin Kinkade near the high school. Kinkade, 27, of Wright City, is listed on Missouri Sex Offender Registry after he was found guilty in the statutory rape of a 12-year-old Troy girl in 2002.

Upset, Linhardt’s dad took away her cellphone Monday. She then claimed she had to be dropped off at KFC to work but Doss says Molly’s parents “found out later on that she wasn’t scheduled to work and, when they went to look for her, she was not at work.”

Lindhardt is believed to have used the restroom, left the KFC on Jungermann Road, and met up with Kinkade Monday night. Kinkade drives a silver 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck with Missouri plates 7PT914.

Anyone with information is asked to call St. Peters Police. In the meantime, Doss says the search is now nationwide.

“They are going to have to stop for food, they are going to have to stop for gas, they’re going to have to stop for maybe a change of clothing. We’re hoping that somebody recognizes them or the vehicle they could possible be in,” she said.

Molly Linhardt is a white female, 5’3″ tall and weighing 110 pounds. She has blonde hair, blue eyes, and was last seen wearing an all-black KFC uniform. Kinkade is listed as a white male, 6’0″ tall, 192 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

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