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Wisconsin woman missing since 2004 found outside U.S.


WAUSAU (WKOW) -- A Wausau woman who disappeared in 2004 at the age of 16 has been found living outside the United States.

Connie McCallister is now 26. The Daily Herald reports she was an honor roll student at Athens High School when she disappeared with her then 22-year-old boyfriend on Aug. 15, 2004.

Judy Weise works at Trinity Lutheran Church in Athens and is spearheading fundraising efforts to bring McAllister home. She said Wednesday the family is reluctant to divulge certain details, including where McAllister is now. But Weise said McCallister told family she was drugged and taken to a foreign country against her will in 2004. At one point, she was badly beaten and treated at a hospital, where someone helped her get a new identity. Afterward, it was difficult for her to get word to family.

The Herald reports a church missionary later met McCallister, learned of her situation and about three months ago contacted the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

"We have confirmed, through conversations on Skype, that this is really Connie, and she did ask for help in getting home," said Wausau Police Captain Greg Hagenbucher. "But she won't come back without her children."

Weise says McAllister has three children.

Capt. Hagenbuchar 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.

Wausau police say officials with the U.S. Consulate are working with McCallister to gather the required documents and identification records necessary for her to return home.

McCallister's mother, Cindy McCallister, now lives in Florida, but Weise says several family members remain in the Wausau area.

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