Illinois woman accused of kidnapping daughter may be in Athens 


Highlights

The mother and daughter have been missing since July.

Police say the mom did not have custody of the child. 

An Illinois woman accused of kidnapping her child may be in Georgia, Athens-Clarke County police said Thursday.

Heather Unbehaun, 35, and daughter Kayla have been missing since July 2017, but recent tips place them in Athens, police said in a Facebook post. 

“We have had some suspected sightings of them in the Athens area recently,” the post read. “There is an active nationwide arrest warrant for Heather Unbehaun for child abduction.”

In a post on a GoFundMe account, Kayla’s father Ryan Iskerka said Heather Unbehaun was last seen packing her belongings on the roof of her car for a Fourth of July camping trip with their daughter. The two were also spotted at a parade in Wheaton, Illinois. 

Unbehaun, who does not have custody of Kayla, was scheduled to give the child back to Iskerka by 7 p.m. July 5, but they never showed. 

Iskerka called the police and an investigation was launched.

“It was discovered that all of Heather's social media (accounts) had been canceled and her phone turned off,” Iskerka wrote in the post. “As far as we know, no one has been able to reach her or has talked to her since (July 4).” 

A missing person’s report was filed after the discovery. 

Iskerka said he created the GoFundMe account to pay for a private investigator and any other costs surrounding the search. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Athens-Clarke County police at 706-613-3888, ext. 792. 

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