The Madison County Sheriff’s Department is asking for additional help in finding a missing Edwardsville area teen and her two week old child who were allegedly kidnapped by the girls’ step-father earlier this week. Police say Katherine Derleth suffers from a heart condition and equipment to work with her pacemaker was left behind.
Authorities have charged 39-year-old Christopher Derleth with kidnapping Katherine, who is also known as Anna, and her two-week-old son also named Christopher. The group is believed to be staying outdoors, possibly camping or in the woods, and were believed to have been seen last in West Virginia south of Charleston earlier this week, possibly driving east on I-77.
Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons:
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