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    Missing 9-Year-Old Girl Featured On ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Has Been Found

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    Heather Unbehaun, accused of abducting her daughter from an Illinois suburb six years ago, has turned herself in, ending a high-profile case. Unbehaun is now in custody at the Kane County Adult Justice Center in Illinois, facing abduction charges without bail.

    Days before her surrender, Kayla Unbehaun was found safe in North Carolina and reunited with her custodial father. Heather Unbehaun was arrested in North Carolina on a fugitive warrant from Illinois for kidnapping and child abduction. Initially held on a $250,000 bond, she was released after posting bail on Tuesday, according to Asheville Police Department spokesperson Samantha Booth.

    Kayla was abducted on July 4, 2017, after a parade in South Elgin, Illinois. Heather had told Kayla’s father, Ryan Iserka, that they were going camping but never returned. A felony warrant was issued for Heather’s arrest.

    The breakthrough came when someone in Asheville recognized Kayla from Netflix’s “Unsolved Mysteries” and alerted authorities.

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    Ryan Iserka expressed profound gratitude to law enforcement and supporters for reuniting him with his daughter. “I can’t thank everyone enough for the tireless efforts to bring Kayla home,” he said. “This reunion has brought immense relief and joy to our family.”

    Heather Unbehaun’s next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Kane County Judicial Center. Legal experts anticipate that the case will draw significant attention, given its complexity and the long duration of the abduction.

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    This case highlights the importance of public awareness and media in solving long-standing criminal cases. The recognition of Kayla from a popular TV show underscores the role that widespread media coverage can play in bringing missing persons cases to a resolution.

    Kayla’s safe return marks a significant milestone in the fight against child abduction, offering hope to other families still searching for their loved ones. The community’s response and the dedication of law enforcement agencies serve as a powerful reminder of the impact of collective efforts in seeking justice and reuniting families.

     

     

     

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