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Teen girl and infant son missing from Madison County

Police believe a missing 13-year-old girl and her infant son are traveling with Christopher M. Derleth, 39, the girl’s step-father.
Police believe a missing 13-year-old girl and her infant son are traveling with Christopher M. Derleth, 39, the girl’s step-father.

A 13-year-old girl and her infant son have been reported missing by police.

According to Madison County Chief Deputy Sheriff Maj. Jeff Connor, the girl, identified as Katherine Elizabeth Derleth, 13, and her son, Christopher Ray Derleth, who is 17 days old, were reported missing early Sunday. The two are believed to be with Christopher M. Derleth, 39, who is Katherine’s step-father.

Connor said deputies were first alerted around 9:30 a.m. Sunday by people in Madison County with whom Katherine and the baby had been staying. Those people told deputies they did not find Katherine or the baby in her room Sunday morning.

Katherine and the baby were last seen around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Connor said.

The children and Christopher M. Derleth may be in a green 1997 Mercury Villager minivan that is possibly headed to West Virginia. The van has Illinois license plates E833210.

Katherine Derleth stands 4 feet 8 inches, weighs 95 pounds, has brown hair and eyes and has three birthmarks on her right knee. Christopher Ray Derleth has dark hair and eyes, is 21 inches long and weighs 8 pounds 3 ounces. Christopher M. Derleth is described as 6 feet 1 inch, 160 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Connor would not release any additional information about Katherine and the baby’s living arrangements.

Deputies had not received any tips as to Katherine and the baby’s whereabouts as of 7 p.m. Sunday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at 618-692-4433.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND

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