Skip to main content

Update: Missing teen, the subject of police chief's heartfelt letter, is found safe

She went missing from her home back in February.

The 16-year-old girl who went missing a month ago – prompting one Minnesota police chief to write a heartfelt letter, imploring her to come home – has been found safe.

Audrey Lukes went missing from her home in Montgomery, Minnesota, on Feb. 22. She had not been back since.

Days before her 16th birthday, Kenyon Police Chief Lee Sjolander wrote a letter saying in part, "I don't know your past and it doesn't matter to me. What matters is your safety and if you are running from something, it's not going away. You'll need to handle whatever it is and we are here to help if we can."

And then on Thursday afternoon, good news – Lukes has been found safe.

Sjolander, in an update on Facebook, said he was told by another police department she'd been found safe and well, and will return to her hometown.

"She was not found in Kenyon or in our surrounding area, and I want to take a moment and thank everyone for the kind words, leads, and all the hard work that went into helping find her. ... Thanks again and please take this moment to hug the young people in your lives."

According to a Facebook post from the City of Montgomery, Lukes was "located safe in Duluth."

No other details have been released, but officials have thanked other law enforcement agencies and the public for their help.

GoMN has reached out to the Montgomery Police Department for more information.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-11-24 at 4.10.54 PM

Appeal to find 35-year-old missing from Oak Grove home

Police say he's not believed to be in danger.

vote, election

7 MN Republicans urge states to audit 2020 election results

There has been no evidence of significant fraud in any single U.S. state.

child vaccine pexels

How many MN kids age 5-11 have received a COVID vaccine dose?

The governor says the state has one of the highest child vaccination rates in the U.S.

police lights

Seven juveniles arrested in connection with stolen vehicles in Woodbury

Woodbury authorities have issued a warning following a spate of auto thefts.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

1 dead after driver crashes into stalled vehicle on shoulder

The vehicle stopped on the side of the road was unoccupied at the time.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Update: Vikings say Griffen is out of his home, 'getting the care he needs'

After hours in his residence, the 33-year-old exited "without incident," the team said.

The search involved several local public safety agencies, including a State Patrol helicopter unit and a K9 team.

Woman, 22, dies in crash just outside Brainerd

Another woman was injured in the collision.

Bloomington PD person interest dog abuse 11.24.21

Dog found shot and run over, police searching for person of interest

The police department released photos of a possible suspect.

unsplash football helmet ground

Parents of star QB suspended for state final file lawsuit to let him play

He was automatically suspended after receiving two unsportsmanlike conduct calls in the semifinal.

Christopher Endicott

Former Lakeville principal dies in Crow Wing County jail

The 53-year-old was pronounced dead after lifesaving measures were attempted.


Update: 13-year-old Rochester girl found safe

She was reported missing last week.

Update: Missing St. Cloud teen has been found safe

The 17-year-old had been missing since Saturday.


5-year-old missing Minneapolis girl found safe, police say

She was taken from her home Wednesday afternoon.

Update: Missing U of M student found safe

August Piro was last seen at 3:30 a.m. when he left Bailey Hall on the St. Paul campus.