Woman Missing Since 2004 Found Alive in Mexico


A Wausau woman who was 16 when she disappeared more than nine years
ago has been found living in Mexico and could return home as early as

Connie McCallister, now 25, disappeared with
then 22-year-old boyfriend on Aug. 15, 2004, when she was an honor-roll
student at Athens High School, according to Daily Herald Media, which
first reported that McCallister had been found.

Her aunt,
Florence Volzka, told The Associated Press that her boyfriend drugged
her to get her to Mexico. At one point, she was badly beaten and treated
at a hospital, where someone helped her get a new identity, she said.

never gave up any hope of her,” said her aunt Florence Volzka, 56, of
Medford, said Wednesday by phone. “I always thought she would find a way
home. She is very close knit with the family.”
Volzka said she first spoke with her in September through Skype and she looks the same, but with longer hair.

“I cried for an hour,” she said.

eventually got involved with a man who abused her, Volzka said, and
then found a good man whom she ended up marrying. She now has three
young daughters.
She said since McCallister didn’t know Spanish, it was hard for her to contact her family in Wisconsin.

church missionary recently met McCallister, learned of her situation
and about three months ago contacted the National Center for Missing
& Exploited Children, which had previously displayed McCallister’s
information on its website.

Wausau Police Capt. Greg Hagenbucher told Daily Herald Media they’ve confirmed it is McCallister through Skype.

did ask for help in getting home,” said Wausau Police Capt. Greg
Hagenbucher. “But she won’t come back without her children.”
did not immediately return a call Wednesday from The Associated Press
seeking an update on the then-boyfriend, who is also wanted on charges
of first-degree sexual assault involving an unrelated victim.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a group of volunteers at
Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Athens is raising money to bring
McCallister and her children home.
“We want to use this as an
example for families with missing relatives to never give up hope,” Judy
Weise, a family friend and church administrator told the newspaper.
“There’s always a chance their loved one could come home. Don’t ever
give up hope.”

Officials with the U.S. Consulate are working
with McCallister to gather the required documents and identification
records necessary for McCallister to return home, said Wausau Police
Detective Kay Hansen.
McCallister is petitioning the court so her husband can join her in the U.S. according to Weise.
said they will live with her in Medford and then move to another
property in Athens when she back on her feet. She hopes to have her home
by Thanksgiving.

“She’s excited and she’s cautious and she
knows it’s going to be whole new world again and she’s afraid,” Volzka
said. “There are a lot of adjustments.”

McCallister’s mother, Cindy McCallister, now lives in Florida.

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Source- Foxnews


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