Abducted Illinois girl found after Asheville store owner recognized her from Netflix show

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Kayla Unbehaun, who was abducted when she was 9 years old by her non-custodial mother Heather from South Elgin, Illinois, in 2017, has been found in Asheville, ABC 7 in Chicago reported Monday.

Police arrested Heather Unhebhaun in Asheville over the weekend, according to the report.

A store owner apparently recognized Kayla from an episode of Netflix’s “Unsolved Mysteries” series about parental abductions and called the police.

Heather Unbehaun is being held on $250,000 bond and is awaiting extradition. Kayla is now in protective custody.

South Elgin police said Kayla was last seen on July 4, 2017. Her father, Ryan, went to pick her up from her mother’s house on July 5 but she wasn’t there.

“I’m overjoyed that Kayla is home safe. I want to thank the South Elgin Police Department, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and all of the law enforcement agencies who assisted with her case. I also want to thank all of the followers on the “Bring Kayla Home” Facebook page, who helped keep her story alive and were instrumental in spreading  awareness. We ask for privacy as we get to know each other again and navigate this new beginning,” the father said in a statement.

Heather Unbehaun was charged with child abduction. It’s not clear if there will be more charges.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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