Wis. woman missing since 2004 is found alive

CREATED Nov 6, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov 7, 2013

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ATHENS, Wis. (AP) -- A Wausau woman who was 16 when she disappeared more than nine years ago has been found living outside the United States.

Connie McCallister, now 26, disappeared with her then 22-year-old boyfriend in 2004.

Daily Herald Media reports the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children displayed McCallister's information on its website until three months ago.

That's when a church missionary who met McCallister and learned she was a missing person contacted the organization.

Wausau Police Capt. Greg Hagenbucher says they've confirmed it is McCallister but she won't return without her three children.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Athens is trying to raise money to bring them back.

Judy Weise, who works at Trinity, says the family is reluctant to divulge the details until she's back in the country.


Information from: Wausau Daily Herald Media, http://www.wausaudailyherald.com