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Kathryn Stalbaum back in Wisconsin, reunited with family

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TOWN OF GENESEE (WITI) -- Kathryn Stalbaum, the 15-year-old Waukesha County girl who had been missing since Tuesday, November 5th, is now back in Wisconsin and has been reunited with her family.

Stalbaum was found safe in Chicago on Friday night, November 8th when she reportedly approached a Chicago police officer and asked for help.

Community members say they are thankful and relieved to know the teen is safe.

"I can't imagine what her parents were thinking when it happened. They had to have been beside themselves," said Town of Genesee resident Steve Peardon. "It's wonderful she's been found."

Many concerned residents are still worried about what happened to Stalbaum during the four days she was missing.

"To have that happen to a girl my age and have it be so close to home is very unreal to me," said Annabella Kolinski. "This made me think twice about the time of day when I run and if I should go for a run, especially wearing ear buds and running by myself."

The Stalbaum family has asked for privacy while they get a handle on the situation.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the circumstances surrounding Stalbaum's disappearance.



  • Sheryl

    We are all elated that Kathryn is home. It doesn’t matter why or how, just that she is alive, safe and back with her family that loves her. Great job by our law enforcement department. Many tears were shed and prayers said for this young girl. So happy it turned out this way.

  • Mar

    So much love to Kathryn and her family. Hoping that no one piles on any guilt/shame on this precious child. We prayed many prayers on your behalf, and we are glad Kathryn is safe.

  • Matt Santilli

    I am glad she is safe. However, the public deserves to know what happened to her and why. WE all heard about her for days and now there is not any follow up in the press. Does anyone else think that all of the time, prayers, man hours and tax dollars that were put forth to her on her search deserve an explanation?

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