Kayla Unbehoun, now 15, was in July 2017 when she disappeared in North Carolina, about 600 miles from her father’s home in Illinois. The case was treated as parental abduction committed by her mother, who had visitation rights but not full custody of her daughter, which she had lost.
The day Kayla disappeared, her mother, Heather Unbehoun, said they had gone camping, but they never returned. When father Ryan Iserka went to pick up the girl in South Elgin in Chicago the next day, he could not find her. From that moment on, the family began a search that has not stopped over the years. To do this, they organized all kinds of campaigns on social networks to get as much help as possible to find him. On July 28, 2017, an arrest warrant was issued against Unbehoun for kidnapping.
The way of solving this case is really shocking. The disappearance appeared in the last season of Unsolved Mysteries, a Netflix series that recounts “true cases of disturbing disappearances, baffling murders and paranormal encounters,” described by the platform.
UPDATE: Kayla Unbehaun, who was abducted in 2017 by her non-custodial mother Heather, has been found safe. A store owner in North Carolina recognized Kayla, now 15, from the roll call in Volume 3, Episode 9 "Abducted by a Parent" on @Netflix. Heather was arrested over the… pic.twitter.com/7QswAjUvLU
— Unsolved Mysteries (@Unsolved) May 16, 2023
After watching the documentary, a man who recognized Kayla Unbehoun at a store in North Carolina and was convinced that she was the missing girl they talked about in that chapter of the documentary called the police, who Immediately came to the spot. After conducting separate investigations, it was confirmed that the person who made the slander was correct: it was Kayla.
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The mother was arrested the same day and the girl was already handed over to her father. He thanked the citizens for their participation through their social networks and asked everyone for privacy for these moments in which the family is reunited after so many years.