South Elgin man seeks help finding daughter who went missing one year ago

  • Kayla Unbehaun

    Kayla Unbehaun Courtesy National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

  • Heather Unbehaun

    Heather Unbehaun Courtesy National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Updated 7/6/2018 7:50 AM

A South Elgin man is asking for the public's help to find his 10-year-old daughter who he said was abducted by her mother a year ago.

Ryan Iserka hasn't seen his daughter Kayla Unbehaun since last year's Fourth of July weekend.


"I had gone to her house to pick up my daughter on my way home from work and they weren't there," Iserka said in a video published by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. "Her family was at her house having dinner and they told me she didn't come back from a camping trip and they didn't know where she was."

In early 2017, Iserka said he was granted full custody of Kayla and she began living at his house. Kayla's mother, Heather Unbehaun, had weekly visitations and everything was fine until they both went missing.

A felony warrant for kidnapping was issued for Heather Unbehaun July 29, 2017.

According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Heather Unbehaun has ties to the metro Atlanta area and might be hiding in Athens, Georgia.

Kayla is 4 feet 4 inches tall, weighs about 60 pounds and has sandy brown hair and blue eyes. Heather Unbehaun is 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 135 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about Kayla and Heather Unbehaun are asked to contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or South Elgin police at (630) 232-4739.

"I don't want to take her mother away from her," Iserka said. "I want her to grow up happy and have a life with everyone who loves her."

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