CRIME
11/07/2013 11:24 am ET | Updated Nov 09, 2013

Kathryn Stalbaum Missing: Teen Disappeared While Bicycling To School

Wisconsin authorities are searching for a missing 15-year-old girl who disappeared while riding her bicycle to school.

UPDATE: Kathryn Stalbaum has been found SAFE in Chicago, NBC 15 reports.

Inspector Eric Severson of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said Kathryn J. Stalbaum left her Genesee home at about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, after she texted a friend saying she missed the school bus.

Stalbaum told her friend she was going to ride her bicycle to school, but she never arrived and her current whereabouts are a mystery. The teen’s mother reported her missing in the afternoon, when she failed to return home after school.

Investigators said the teen does not have a history of running away and they are concerned because of the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

"This particular missing teen [case] has some peculiarities that cause us some elevated concern ... Her family has a good close relationship with her where she maintains contact. The fact that she’s been gone for the time frame that she has is unusual,” Severson said.

Authorities have been canvassing the area, circulating flyers and following up on tips from the public.

"People are stepping up and wanting to be helpful and that's what we need," Severson said. "We need the whole community to pull together and we'll try to get Kathryn home as soon as possible."

Kathryn Stalbaum's bicycle is similar to the one pictured here.

Severson said Stalbaum is a student at Kettle Moraine High School. The teen is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 120 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She wears braces and contact lenses and may be wearing jeans, a sweatshirt and bright pink Nike tennis shoes. She could also have a teal backpack.

In addition to Stalbaum, her teal, female-style Schwinn mountain bike is also missing.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kathryn Stalbaum is asked to contact the Waukesha County Communication Center at 262-446-5090.

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