Family, friends pray for missing Lawrence teen

Worried friends and family members are hoping a missing Lawrence teen will hear their prayers.

19-year-old Sarah McLinn has been missing for a week now. At least 50 people gathered Wednesday evening for a prayer vigil at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Topeka.

“The idea of doing nothing just didn’t inspire me a great deal,” says father Don Davidson, “So i think the thing to do was bring the congregation together and say let’s pray for this young lady.”

Police found 52-year-old Hal Sasko dead inside the Lawrence home where she was staying. McLinn’s loved ones are now worried about her safety.

“I just feel like maybe she’s in a bad situation and scared or something has happened to her,” says Valvilla De La Cruz.

She describes McLinn has sweet and fun loving.

“Playful and loves, loves animals, horses, she had a dog she loved forever and she’s a sweet girl,” she says.

Praying is all they can do right now.

“The hope is that people who come will help the family to know they are not alone,” says Father Davidson.

Police say Sasko’s car was also missing from the home. It’s a 2008 Nissan Altima with Kansas plate number AK149. Officials ask anyone with information on where the car or McLinn might be, call Lawrence Police at 832-7509 or Douglas County Crime Stoppers at 843-8477.

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