West Virginia authorities need help finding missing girl, 13, and her 2-week-old son

(Source: Madison County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Madison County Sheriff's Office)

(WJHL) – Investigators in West Virginia say they need the public’s help in finding a missing 13-year-old girl and her two-week-old baby.

The Madison County Illinois Sheriff’s and West Virginia State Police are looking for 13-year-old Katherine Derleth. She’s described at 4’8” and weighs about 95 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. They are also looking for her son. Christopher Ray Derleth – a two-week-old baby who is described as being 21 inches, and weighing a little over 9 pounds. The baby is said to have brown hair and dark eyes.

The children were last seen at a guardian’s home in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Authorities believe the children were likely taken 39-year-old Christopher Derleth, the teen’s stepfather. He is described as standing 6’1” and weighing 160 pounds. He is said to have brown hair and hazel eyes.

The West Virginia Emergency Management Agency says the teen and her baby were abducted from Edwardsville sometime Sunday morning.

They may be traveling in a green 1997 Mercury Villager minivan with the Illinois registration E833210.

The van was last seen traveling on Interstate 77 South near mile marker 94 in West Virginia. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Katherine and her son Christopher please contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 618-692-4433 or call 911.

According to various media outlets, Derleth has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and child abduction. A nationwide warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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