A kidnapping suspect will return to Madison County to face charges of Aggravated Kidnapping and Child Abduction. 39-year-old Christopher Derleth has been jailed in West Virginia since September 24, when he and his alleged victims were found in a rural wooded area after a week-long search.
Authorities say 13 year old Katherine Derleth and her infant son were returned to Madison County following the arrest of the elder Derleth and remain in protective custody. The teen and her child were staying with a foster family when they were kidnapped from a home near Carpenter on September 18. Police followed a trail of clues to West Virginia where the Christopher Derleth was spotted on video while traveling through a toll booth, used a credit card, and was spotted in a rural, mountainous area by local residents who called authorities. U.S. Marshals discovered a campsite where he was allegedly keeping the children, and the vehicle police were looking for had been partially concealed in the woods.