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UPDATE: Missing Waukesha County girl found safe

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A) Town of Genesee   B) High School   C) Where bike was found A) Town of Genesee B) High School C) Where bike was found

WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department says 15-year-old Kathryn Stalbaum has been found safe in Chicago.

They say she approached a Chicago police officer for help and that's how she was found.

She's said to be in good health and physical condition.

Police aren't releasing details yet as to why Stalbaum was in Chicago or how she got there, but she is still there with authorities. Sheriff's Inspector Eric Severson says investigators from Waukesha County went down to Chicago. He says they hope to bring Kathryn back home as soon as they can, but they need to take care of some parts of the investigation before they can do that.

She has spoken on the phone to her family. Severson says Stalbaum's parents are elated.

The sheriff's office is thanking the public for its support and help.

Stalbaum had been missing since Tuesday morning.

She had texted a friend after she missed the school bus and was taking her bike to school, and wasn't seen after.

Her bike was found Thursday afternoon in the City of Waukesha.

Stalbaum lives in Genesee and attends Kettle Moraine High School.

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WAUKESHA (WKOW) --- Waukesha County Sheriff officials and the FBI held a press conference Friday afternoon as they continue to search for missing 15-year-old Kathryn Stalbaum.

They have now received over 200 tips and some they are still investigating.

Officials say they have reached out to Stalbaum's family in other states and that they are all cooperating with the search.

There is no new information on her possible whereabouts and officials say there's no solid evidence pointing to Stalbaum being abducted or running away. "That's one of the things that's frustrating in the case, without specific evidence that can lead us in one direction or another we really need to evaluate a lot of different theories as to what might have happened," Waukesha Sheriff's Dept. Inspector Eric Severson says.

Her bike was found yesterday afternoon in the City of Waukesha, but no signs of foul play or that she left on her own free will.

They will continue their search into the weekend and to update media as new information becomes available.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call (262)-446-5090.

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WAUKESHA COUNTY (WKOW) ---- The Waukesha County Sheriff's office says they are now looking at the City of Waukesha as an area of interest in the disappearance of 15-year-old Kathryn Stalbaum.

Thursday, Stalbaum's bike was found near Waukesha Memorial Hospital, with no signs of foul play.

Right now officials are busy going through surveillance video from area businesses in that location for any signs of Stalbaum.

Stalbaum was last seen Tuesday morning when she texted a friend she missed the bus and was taking her bike to school.

The teen lives in Genesee and the school is Kettle Moraine High School.

Officials say they are unsure if Stalbaum rode her bike or how her bike got to the Waukesha area.

Police have investigated all 150 calls that have come into the tip line so far, but have no leads.

CrimeStoppers is now offering a $1,000 reward in the case.

Officials ask everyone to download her picture in your cell phone and keep it with you when you are out and about.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call (262)-446-5090.

 

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