Amber alert issued in West Virginia for Illinois teen, baby spotted in state
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) - An amber alert has been issued in West Virginia after state police said a car believed to be carrying a missing Illinois teen and two-week old child was spotted in West Virginia.
The missing teen, Katherine E. Derleth, is a 13-year-old white girl with brown, shoulder-length straight hair, brown eyes, and a pale complexion. She has three birth marks on her right knee, according to a Facebook post from the Madison County (Illinois) Sheriff’s Office.
The baby, identified as Christopher Ray Derleth, is a two-week-old white male. He is 21 inches, weighs 9 pounds, 3 ounces, and has brown hair and dark eyes.
Officials believe the two are in the company of Katherine’s step-father, Christopher M. Derleth, who is a 39-year-old white male. He is 6-foot-1 and 160 pounds with hazel eyes.
Christopher Derleth is known to drive a green 1997 Mercury Villager minivan with Illinois tags reading E833210.
Dispatchers say the vehicle was last spotted in Charleston on I-77 South, just past the Greenbrier exit.
He is an avid camper, so the group may be at a rural campground or low-end hotel or motel, the post said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Virginia State Police at 304-746-2100.