Friend Of CiCi's Owner And Missing Teen's Family Speak Out

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Police are still searching for a missing Topeka teen whose disappearance led investigators to the body of a Topeka restaurant owner.

Authorities found Harold M. Sasko, 52, in the Lawrence home when they went looking for Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn.

A former Shawnee Heights Senior High School and Topeka High School student, McLinn has been missing for several days. Sarah's mother and sister say it's unusual for her not to show up after they make plans to meet.

"Usually Sarah will call her and tell her something has come up, but this time she didn't call and Ashley just felt like something was wrong," said Michelle Gonzales, Sarah and Ashley's mother.

"We just want to let her know that we love her and want her to come home," says Ashley McLinn, Sarah's sister.

McLinn, 19, had been living with Sasko. When Lawrence Police went searching for her at his Lawrence home, they found him dead from what Lawrence Police call traumatic injuries.

"I want to express my deepest sympathy for the Sasko family and the grief that I know they are experiencing," says Ashley.

Sasko owned the Topeka Cici's Pizza, where Sarah worked as well as one in Lawrence. Kimberly Qualls was a close friend of Harold--she said Sarah moved in with Sasko in 2012.

"He wanted to help her get her on her feet and help her to get back into school college," said Qualls.

Lawrence Police say Sarah may be driving Sasko's dark, gray or blue 2008 Nissan Altima with Kansas license plate AK149. Qualls says she wants Harold to be remembered as a caring man.

"Well, you know, anyone who loses anybody, its very hard. It's really hard to understand why this could happen to someone like this. And there are a lot of unanswered questions," said Qualls.


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