Abducted girl featured on Netflix’s ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ reboot found safe in North Carolina

A 9-year-old girl who was missing and featured on ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ has been located.

Kayla Unbehaun, who is now 15 years old, disappeared in 2017 when she was only 9 years old. She was with her non-custodial mother, Heather Unbehaun.

Kayla’s dad, Ryan Iserka, said to CNN affiliate WBBM that he got full custody of his daughter in early 2017, with Unbehaun having supervised visits. But when he went to get his daughter on July 5, he found out that she and her mom hadn’t come back from a camping trip, WBBM reported the next year.

Kayla Unbehaun/ National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

A non-profit organization helping families locate American children who have been abducted or run away mentioned that a felony warrant for kidnapping was issued for Unbehaun on July 28, 2017. According to the group, the FBI received almost 360,000 reports of missing children in 2022, including potential duplicates.

After Kayla disappeared, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children posted a picture of her online when she was nine years old, along with an age-progressed photo. Occasionally, the media released stories about Kayla in the hopes of locating her.

The store owner saw Kayla on a TV show, called the police, and they arrested her and her mom. Kayla, who is 15, was then put into protective custody.

John Vojta, the lawyer for Kayla’s custodial father, mentioned that Iserka and his daughter reunited in North Carolina on Sunday and traveled together to Illinois.

Kayla’s father expressed his gratitude towards the South Elgin Police Department, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and other law enforcement agencies for helping bring Kayla home safely. He also thanked the supporters of the “Bring Kayla Home” Facebook page for keeping her story alive. He requested privacy as they reconnect and start anew.

Unbehaun is accused of child abduction, a Class 4 felony. She is in custody with a $250,000 bond and will be sent to Illinois soon.

Please SHARE this article with your family and friends on Facebook.

Back to top button

Adblock Detected

Support Free Content We use ads to keep our content free for you. Please allow ads and let sponsors fund your surfing. Thank you!