Van wanted in connection with Madison County kidnapping spotted in West Virginia

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Kanawha County police say that a vehicle involved in a Madison County kidnapping was spotted Monday in West Virginia. Christopher Derleth is wanted in connection for abducting his 13-year-old step-daughter and her 2-week-old baby. An amber alert was issued from Madison County, Illinois in West Virginia to help find them.

Derleth’s green 1997 Mercury Villager van was spotted on Interstate 77 south Monday afternoon. Kanawha County Metro 911 issued an alert at just before 5 p.m.

Authorities tell the Metro News that Derleth is an avid camper. He may have stopped at a rural campground.

Derleth has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, a Class X felony, for allegedly taking the baby out of the state of Illinois.

The three went missing Sunday morning from a home near Pocahontas, IL. They may travelling in a green, 1997 Mercury Villager minivan with the Illinois plate E833210.

Katherine Elizabeth, 13, is described as 4’8″ tall, 95lbs with brown shoulder length hair and brown eyes. She is also known to have three birthmarks on her right knee.

Police believe Katherine is with her son, 2-week-old Christopher Ray Derleth. He was born 17 days ago and only weighs 8 pounds, three ounces with brown hair and dark eyes.


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