FBI, U.S. Marshals now involved in search for missing teen
WALES - The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department updated the public on the search for missing teen Kathryn Stalbaum on Friday.
Inspector Eric Severson said the Department has been in contact with both the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service since mid-day yesterday, and they would be assisting in the search.
Severson also said CrimeStoppers has offered up to $1,000 for any information leading to Stalbaum. They are urging the public to download her picture and keep it with you in case you see anyone who looks like her.
They said they have received around 200 tips, but are not receiving the kinds of leads they were hoping for. Severson said finding the bike miles from where they thought it would be could mean many things.
"There is equal reason to think Kathryn brought the bike to Waukesha as there is to believe she didn't," he said. "That is a long way of saying we don't know."
Severson said they have been communicating with Kathryn's sister in the Minneapolis area.
"Our number one objective is bringing Kathryn home safely," Severson said.
According to Wales-Genesee Fire Chief Jim Moon, they will not be searching the area on Friday because they have searched the area and are confident there is nothing related to the disappearance of Kathryn Stalbaum.
Stalbaum went missing Tuesday morning after texting her friend that she had missed the bus and would be riding her bicycle to school, but she never arrived. The school called her parents at home saying she hadn't showd up, but they did not get the message until they got home from work. The search for the 15-year-old began at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, nearly 12 hours after she was last seen.
The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said CrimeStoppers has offered up to $1,000 for any information leading to Stalbaum. They are urging the public to download her picture and keep it with you in case you see anyone who looks like her.
They said they have received around 200 leads, but are not receiving the kinds of leads they were hoping for.
Chief Moon added that that does not mean that they believe they think she ran away or that they have a theory about what happened to her, they just know their search was extensive.
The department will be holding a news conference Friday morning at 11 a.m. We will be carrying it live on our website.
Waukesha County deputies currently have a 24 hour hotline staffed for tips. It's 262-446-5090.
If you have any information to assist officers, you can also contact Crime Stoppers of Waukesha County by texting 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword WAUKESHA and your information from a mobile phone or via the Crime Stoppers website at www.stopcrimewaukesha.com. All calls and information are confidential and may qualify the caller for a cash reward of up to $1,000. All calls to Crime Stoppers of Waukesha County are confidential and will be immediately forwarded to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.
Shannon Sims, Jaclyn Brandt, and James Kust contributed to this story.