Girl missing for nearly 6 years found safe in NC, mother charged
Kayla Unbehaun was only 9 when she was abducted in Illinois.
SOUTH ELGIN, Ill. (WBTV) - A girl missing for nearly six years has been found safe in North Carolina and her non-custodial mother has been charged.
Heather Unbehaun is accused of kidnapping her daughter Kayla Unbehaun, whom she did not have custody of, from South Elgin, Illinois on July 5, 2017, when the child was just 9 years old, according to officials.
Unbehaun was being held on a $250,000 bond, but has since been released, records show.
For years, Kayla’s picture has been on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website. The organization even has a more recent age-progressed photo of what she would look like now, at the age of 15.
Kayla’s father, Ryan, previously told a CBS station in Chicago that her mother had visitation rights every other weekend back in 2017.
After the July 4th holiday that year, his daughter never returned from a camping trip.
Her father shared a statement that he is overjoyed that Kayla is home safe and thanked everyone who helped make it possible.
He also asked for privacy as they get to know each other again.
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