Connecticut Mother searching for her transgender child missing for a week

Ronan Hernsdorf-Smith
A Silver alert has been issued for Ronan Hernsdorf-Smith, 17, who was last seen after their first day at Avon High School on Aug. 30. Ronan's mother used they/them pronouns when speaking of her child in a version of this interview published on the Fox 61 News site.

The Connecticut State Police issued a Silver Alert over the weekend for Ronan Hernsdorf-Smith and the investigation now involves multiple investigating agencies including the FBI.

The 17-year-old, who has been missing for eight days, comes from a loving home with a big support system, but their young life hasn’t been easy. Ronan is transgender and has struggled with mental health issues as first reported by Fox 61. Their family says they are vulnerable and may be in grave danger.

The teenager disappeared after the first day of school at Avon High School. They left their family a note that read, "I love you all so much. Thank you for everything. I'm so sorry." The Hersdorf family thanked the Avon community for their support. The community plans to show that support at the Avon town green gazebo for a vigil at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

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