My name is Kirsten Reeder Milhorn, and my niece Sophie has been missing for 5 years. On May 17, 2017, she went for a walk near her house and never came home. She was 15 years old.
Since the beginning, Ft. Lauderdale Police Department (FLPD) has shown an alarming lack of urgency in Sophie's investigation. Investigators did not immediately come and get her computer or cell phone from her Dad's house to track her last known location, assuming she was a runaway. After a family member hacked into her computer, we learned that she was visiting sugar daddy sites known for involvement in human trafficking.
My brother Patrick, Sophie's father, brought this new information, including her computer and cell phone, to the FLPD in the hopes that the detectives would quickly gather additional information from these devices and determine her last location.
It is unclear when detectives discovered the last location on her phone. I later discovered that the last "ping" on her phone was from known felons and sex traffickers.
SEVEN WEEKS AFTER SOPHIE WENT MISSING; a warrant was issued on this property. Sophie was a 15-year-old minor child. We will never know if Sophie would have been found if Detectives acted upon this evidence in the hours and days after she initially went missing.
We learned about her last whereabouts from a television show, In Pursuit with John Walsh, which aired in November 2021. Had it not been for the Investigative work of the "In Pursuit" team, we may have never learned about this evidence 4 1/2 years later.
I do not think the FLPD took the appropriate steps to help bring my daughter home. The lack of urgency is and was astounding.
Against all odds, we know Sophie is out there, and our family is asking for your help to hire a Private Investigator and help bring her home.