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Police continue hunt for teenager

Update: Kennedy now found see story

Police are continuing to appeal for help in tracing a missing 15-year-old girl from Kesgrave, whose welfare detectives are very concerned about.

Kennedy Palmer was reported missing on Thursday 16 March after failing to arrive at school that morning. She left her home in Grange Farm at 8am and has not been seen since.

Kennedy is described as white, around 5ft 3in tall, of slim build and with a distinctive hairstyle, which is long dark brown hair on one side and shaved on the other side. Her hair is now dark brown all over with very faint purple streaks, slightly different from the photograph of her that has been issued.

She was wearing a light blue t-shirt, a navy blue Kesgrave High School jumper, dark trousers and black Clarks lace-up ankle boots at the time she was last seen. Kennedy is believed to have been carrying a distinctive black backpack with a black and white design.

Detective Superintendent David Cutler, Head of the Protecting Vulnerable People Directorate, said: “It is now over three days since Kennedy went missing and I am very concerned about her welfare. Her disappearance is out of character and I am appealing for anyone with information regarding her whereabouts to contact police without delay.

“We are undertaking extensive work to locate Kennedy and have a dedicated team of detectives working on this investigation. Searches of the local area around Kennedy’s home and school are also being carried-out by specialist police officers, assisted by volunteers from Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue. A National Police Air Service helicopter has also aided the search.”

Specialist-trained officers are supporting Kennedy’s family, who have asked Suffolk Police to release the following statement on their behalf: “Come home Kennedy, you are not in trouble, please just come home we are all missing you.

“If Kennedy has gone to a friend’s house and told them she does not want to be found, then we are asking the friend to please let us know where she is and that she is safe. If anyone has seen her can they please call police immediately.”

Anyone who believes they may have seen Kennedy, or who has any information regarding her whereabouts, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101.

Pictured is her backpack

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