Police Continue Search for Missing Children, One of Them Has a Medical Condition


Police are still searching for two missing children and the man accused of kidnapping them. 

The latest update from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children shows that 13-year-old Katherine Derleth has a pacemaker and may be in need of medical attention. It also says the three individuals may be camping. According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Katherine suffers from a congenital heart condition. 

New information was also released about the van the group is traveling in. The 1996 Mercury Villager van has damage to the rear and driver’s side.

The van has an Illinois license plate, E833210. and is believed to be driven by 39-year-old Christopher M. Derleth, who is accused of kidnapping his 13-year-old step-daughter Katherine and her 3-week-old son, Christopher Ray Derleth.

Katherine is 5 feet tall and 100 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Christopher is 18-inches long and 8 pounds. The two children may be with Christopher M. Derleth, 39.  He is 6-feet 1-inch tall and weighs 160 pounds.  He has hazel eyes and brown hair. 

They are believed to be in West Virginia or Kentucky. Investigators gathered evidence proving Derleth’s vehicle was eastbound on I-77 in West Virginia, south of Charleston, on Sunday, September 18, 2016, at approximately 12:42 p.m

Anyone with information can call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or the Madison County Sheriff’s Office (Illinois) at 618-692-4433.

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