In southern Minnesota, a plea for Audrey to come home


Audrey Marie Luke left her home in Montgomery, Minn., in February and hasn’t been seen since.

She’s 15, almost 16. It’s believed she may be in Kenyon, Minn.

From the sound of things, she’s a runaway. A lot of people dismiss runaway teens.

Kenyon is different because after the police department there posted the usual notice of a missing teen, the city’s police chief — Lee Sjolander — posted a more personal message that has the town pleading with her to come home.


In Kenyon, Lee Sjolander regularly makes it hard for people in his town to turn away.

“I also had a crappy childhood,” he told the Star Tribune. “I ran away at 13 and was raised by a foster family. I took my siblings with me and never went home again.”

  • Anna

    If anyone can convince this beautiful young lady to return home, it will be Lee Sjolander.

    Please keep us updated, Bob.

  • NG

    I hope the message makes it to her. That was a very well written and sincere note.

    • Sjolander is an amazing cop. In a business where people protect themselves by an arm’s length removal from feeling, he wears his heart on his sleeve. I can’t imagine the toll that can take on a person.

  • MrE85

    My family has some first hand experience with this type of situation. It was terrible.

    • Until one is a parent, I believe it’s impossible to know how much parents care about their kids.

      • MrE85

        Not just the parents. Runaway kids tears at the whole family.

    • Laurie K.

      My family has been through this experience as well, it is beyond heart-wrenching. There are no words to explain the despair of not knowing whether your child is hungry, scared, alive… I feel for this entire family and Chief Sjolander’s words as a parent first and cop second, are, as his words almost always are, right on the mark. I hope that somehow Audrey sees his message and she at least lets her family know that she is OK.

  • Donna

    Chief Sjolander seems to be a truly enlightened guy. Please upgrade the reputation of internet threads by passing his wonderful messages along!

  • lindblomeagles

    I’m sure the family wants to keep the circumstances surrounding Audrey’s running away private. However, she’s been missing for a month. Every day Audrey doesn’t return home is a day she might be in real danger! JACOB WETTERLING. I’m not here to judge, and I don’t think most of the public (hopefully) isn’t either. But, we need to know who her friends are; what was going through her mind at the time of the disappearance; is there a boy (or man) involved; when was the last time she was spotted; did she take clothes with her . . . the clock is ticking, and predators abound. No, I’m not talking about wolves or bears either.