Girl abducted by her mother in Oak Park

Police searching for Wendy E. Jarvis, who disappeared with her daughter on Saturday

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Police are searching for an Oak Park woman they say abducted her 6-year-old daughter during a court-supervised visit that took place at a local restaurant on Saturday at about 11:15 a.m.

Wendy E. Jarvis, 41, of the 1100 block of South Boulevard, was visiting her daughter , Zoe Stegmeyer, at a restaurant near her home, when she told the court-appointed supervisor she was taking the girl to the restroom, Oak Park police report. 

Jarvis then allegedly exited with the girl through a rear door in the restaurant kitchen. The supervisor followed the two but lost sight of them near Pleasant and Marion streets.

Policed searched the woman's home but have been unsuccessful in locating her. Jarvis is not known to have access to a vehicle.

Stegmeyer, who lives with her father in Schiller Park, is 3-foot-4, 45 pounds, with blonde, shoulder-length hair. She was wearing a black, quilted jacket, a black shirt with a heart on the front, black leggings, black boots and pink gloves.

Police report that Jarvis is currently in a custody dispute with Stegmeyer's father. Jarvis is 5-foot-2, 144 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes.

The Village of Oak Park issued a press release stating that Oak Park police have contacted the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The Illinois State Police is expected to issue an Endangered Missing Person Advisory, which is shared with 2,200 media outlets. The abduction does not meet the criteria to be considered an AMBER Alert, the village press release notes.

Those with information can all Oak Park police at 708-386-3800. Anonymous calls can be made by calling 708-434-1636 or online at


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Tommy McCoy  

Posted: December 20th, 2017 2:05 PM

The child and mother were found in Michigan, and the child is safe. the mother is being extradited back to Illinois

Deborah Risteen Mercer from Oak Park  

Posted: December 20th, 2017 1:28 PM

Any update?

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