Vigil held for missing Santa Claus, Ind. teen; Police still searching

Vigil held for missing Santa Claus, Ind. teen; Police still searching
Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 7:20 PM CDT
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SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (WFIE) - On Friday, community members in Spencer County held a vigil for a missing teenage girl who should be celebrating her 16th birthday.

15-year-old Kendall King was last seen by family in Santa Claus on July 21.

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The Santa Claus Police Department says officers have been following several leads in the search for King, who was last seen in Dubois County in a photo taken at the Jasper Walmart. She was accompanied by two other people, but police say she is no longer with them.

Santa Claus Police Chief James Faulkenburg says he doesn’t believe King is in danger, and appreciates the community for all the helpful tips they’ve received.

“We’re not sure of the exact location she’s in, but again, we continue to get leads in of people saying they have seen her,” Chief Faulkenburg said. “Friends that have heard from her on Snapchat, so we continue to look into those leads and try to get her home as soon as possible.”

King’s family says they’re very grateful for the support and effort the community has given them. The Santa Claus Police Department encourages anyone who has seen or heard from King to call the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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