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Search widens for missing Waukesha County teen


WAUKESHA, Wis. —A 15-year-old Kettle Moraine High School student is missing.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said Kathryn Stalbaum was last seen at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday at her home in the town of Genesee.

It was reported that Stalbaum missed the bus for school and sent a text to a friend stating that she would be riding her bicycle to school. She never showed up at school Tuesday or Wednesday.

"Kathryn has not an individual that has a history of running away. Her family has a good, close relationship with her, where she maintains contact, so the fact that she's been gone for the time frame that she has is unusual," Waukesha County Sheriff's Department Inspector Eric Severson said.

Severson said Thursday that Waukesha County's dive team was scheduled for training, and will now move their training to a body of water that would be along the route Stalbaum may have taken to school.  He said there is no evidence to suggest the body of water, but dive crews felt they could eliminate that portion of the search area while conducting their training.

Severson also said that possible sightings were reported elsewhere in the county, and deputies are following all leads.

If anyone sees Stalbaum or has any information to her whereabouts they are asked to contact the Waukesha County Communication Center at 262-446-5090.

She may be wearing jeans, a sweatshirt and bright pink Nike tennis shoes and might be riding a teal female-style Schwinn mountain bike and carrying a teal backpack.

A close friend of the family said the family wanted to let the public know that when Stalbuam has ridden her bike to school in the past, she often went through the Wales Community Park.

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