Heather Unbehaun, charged in daughter's 2017 abduction, posts bond in Kane County

Kayla Unbehaun found over the weekend in North Carolina

ByJessica D'Onofrio and Stephanie Wade WLS logo
Thursday, May 18, 2023
Mother charged in girl's 2017 abduction posts bond in Kane County
Heather Unbehaun, who allegedly abducted her daughter Kayla in 2017, has posted bond in Kane County after the two were found in North Carolina.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The mother accused of kidnaping her daughter in South Elgin turned herself in Thursday morning in Kane County.

Kayla Unbehaun's disappearance was featured in an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries" on Netflix.

Law enforcement officials were supposed to pick up Heather Unbehaun in North Carolina, but she came to Kane County on her own to turn herself in.

She posted $250,000 bail in North Carolina Tuesday, and was released from custody.

She appeared in-person in bond court Thursday morning on a child abduction charge.

The judge set a $10,000 bond, which means Unbehaun can post $1,000, and get out of jail with a GPS tracking monitor. She posted bond Thursday afternoon.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, this case dates back six years to July 5, 2017.

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That's when authorities said Heather Unbehaun abducted her daughter, Kayla, from South Elgin when she was 9 years old.

At that time, Unbehaun was the non-custodial parent.

Over the weekend, there was a big break in the case in North Carolina.

Police in Asheville said someone spotted Kayla Unbehaun at a shopping mall after seeing her picture recently on the re-booted "Unsolved Mysteries" series on Netflix.

Kayla Unbehaun, who turned 15 in January, has now been re-united with her father.

Her family has been holding out hope for years that she would be found someday.

Unbehaun will be put on a GPS monitor and she is prohibited from leaving the state of Illinois.

Her next court date is set for June 14.