ST. PETERS, MO (KMOX) – St. Peters Police said Wednesday that they have few leads in their ongoing search for a missing teenage girl who they fear may be with a registered sex offender.

Molly Linhardt, 16, of St. Charles, was reported missing at 7 o’clock last night by her parents. According to police, Molly’s father dropped her off for work at Kentucky Fried Chicken around 4 p.m. but later found out she was not scheduled to work Monday night.Kinkade, Benjamin

“They had found out later on that she wasn’t scheduled to work and, when they went to look for her, she was not at work,” Officer Melissa Doss with St. Peters Police explained.

Lindhardt is believed to have used the restroom, left the KFC on Jungermann Road, and met up with 27-year-old Benjamin Kinkade of Wright City. Kinkade’s vehicle is a silver 2006 Chevy Colorado with Missouri license plate 7PT914. According to the Missouri Sex Offender Registry, Kinkade was charged in the statutory rape of a 12-year-old Troy girl in 2002.

“They did meet at the KFC because he was an employee there, at one point,” Doss explained. As for why police believe Linhardt may be in danger, she said simply, “He’s 27-years-old with a 16-year-old girl. Obviously, that’s not a good situation for a 16-year-old to be in.”

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.

According to police, “she is not in possession of her cell phone” after her parents had taken it during an argument earlier Monday. St. Peters police consider her an “endangered missing juvenile.”

Kinkade is listed as a white male, 6’0″ tall, 192 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Four detectives have been on the case since 1 a.m. last night and continue their search. Anyone with information is asked to call St. Peters Police at (636) 278-2222.

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