Derleth In WV Court

Christopher M. Derleth

The former Greenville resident, charged in Madison County with alleged aggravated kidnapping and child abduction of his stepdaughter and her infant son, will be back in a West Virginia court room Wednesday.

An extradition hearing for 39-year-old Christopher Derleth is scheduled in Kanawha County Court. In court last month following his arrest, Derleth signed a document requesting extradition back to Illinois.

An amber alert was in effect for almost a week after Madison County authorities reported Derleth and the two children were missing. Police suspected Derleth had allegedly taken the two and was possibly headed to West Virginia.

Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer told WGEL he believed Derleth had been living in Greenville the day before the amber alert was issued, which was on September 18.

Derleth was taken into custody the afternoon of September 24 at a makeshift campsite on private property in Kanawha County in West Virginia.

The children were found unharmed.

Derleth reportedly used a debit card at two stores and several people recognized him as the man in the amber alert. He was also driving a green minivan, which had been described as his vehicle.

A store clerk called 911 after Derleth left.

Following other citizen tips, U.S. Marshals, West Virginia state police and county deputies found the three at the campsite. The van was parked and hidden in heavy brush.

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