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More details released in Illinois AMBER Alert case

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 the Madison County Sheriff's Office. The baby, identified as Christopher Ray Derleth, is a 17-day-old white male. He is 21 inches, weighs 9 pounds, 3 ounces, and has brown hair and dark eyes. (Madison County Sheriff's Office)

The U.S. Marshal Service is continuing to lead the effort to locate Christopher Ray Delerth, 39, of Illinois who is wanted in an AMBER Alert.

Delerth, who is accused of abducting his 13-year-old stepdaughter, Katherine Elizabeth and her two week old child, was last seen on surveillance video Friday wearing blue jeans and forest green colored shirt, according to a news release from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

Law enforcement believes Delerth will likely be camping and are asking the public to be especially vigilant in the following areas, possible around campsites: Slaughter’s Creek from Chelyan in Kanawha County into Boone County near State Route 3; and Paint Creek from its mouth at the Kanawha River to the Mossy area in Fayette County.

The release said Delerth may be camping at campsites in the woods, away from roadways. With hunting season starting Saturday, hunters in those areas should be especially aware.

Anyone who sees Delerth or Elizabeth is asked to not approach them and to call 911.

Law enforcement sources said the suspect in an AMBER Alert case originating in Illinois used a credit card Friday at a location in eastern Kanawha County.

New details in the case involving the kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl and her infant son were announced Thursday in a post on the Madison County, Illinois Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office said in its post that a vehicle matching the description of the van suspected to be transporting the children was spotted on Interstate 77 Thursday about 12:42 p.m., south of Charleston.

The vehicle is a green, 1997 Mercury Villager minivan, with Illinois tags reading E833210. Pictures of the van are available in the above photo gallery.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office had said Christopher M. Derleth, the suspect in the kidnapping case, would possibly be camping. The post said Derleth left Illinois with sleeping bags and merchandise that would commonly be used for a camping trip. He had also recently spoke with friends and family about free camping sites throughout the country.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office office said Derleth would likely be staying in a campground, national forest, or rural wooded area.

The office said in the post that it believes Derleth is travelling with Katherine E. Derleth and her two-week old baby, Christopher Ray Derleth. He is described as a 39-year-old white male, 6-foot-1 and 160 pounds with hazel eyes.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office issued a nationwide extradition arrest warrant for Derleth Monday on charges of aggravated kidnapping and child abduction.

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 the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

The Thursday Facebook post from the Madison sheriff's office said Katherine suffers from a congenital heart condition and had a pacemaker implanted at birth. It also said the equipment needed to insure that the pacemaker is properly working was left behind. She was also recovering from a cesarean section delivery and was still under a doctor's care.

The sheriff's office said a previous court order filed in Bond County, Illinois prevented Christopher M. Derleth from having contact with Katherine Derleth, pending the outcome of an ongoing criminal investigation.

The baby, identified as Christopher Ray Derleth, is a 17-day-old white male. He is 21 inches, weighs 9 pounds, 3 ounces, and has brown hair and dark eyes.

Officials believed the car was traveling to West Virginia. An AMBER Alert was issued in the state Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Virginia State Police at 304-746-2100, or 911.




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