The shopkeeper was following the girl’s story on Unsolved Mysteries, a Netflix series that brought disappearance cases to light.
A girl who was abducted by her mother from her father’s care at the age of 9 was found alive and well in North Carolina by a store owner who recognized her when she entered his store.
The shopkeeper followed her story on Unsolved Mysteries, a Netflix series that brought such cases to light.
Kayla Unbehaun, who was abducted by her mother Heather Unbehaun, was last seen on July 4, 2017.
Her father Ryan Iskerka, who had full custody at the time, went to pick her up from her mother’s home in Wheaton, South Elgin, on July 5 – but Kayla was nowhere to be found.
Heather Unbehaun, 40, was arrested last weekend in Asheville, North Carolina. Her mother, who had visitation rights at the time of the abduction, is being held on $250,000 bond and awaiting extradition.
Kayla, who is now 15, is in protective custody.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children posted alerts online in the years after her abduction, showing the missing 9-year-old girl, as well as age-development photos of what she likely looks like now.
After being notified of Kayla’s finding, the organization shared a message from her father, Ryan, which read: “I’m so glad Kayla is home safe. I want to thank @ElginPDFD, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and all law enforcement agencies that assisted in her case. We ask for privacy as we are now getting to know each other again and headed for a new beginning.”
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