On December 16, a mother and her young daughter left an Oak Park, Illinois, restaurant together. The problem is that the mom isn’t supposed to be alone with her child.
Wendy Jarvis took her 6-year-old daughter, Zoe Stegmeyer, to the bathroom during a court-supervised visit at the Wild Onion Tied House and never came back, WLS in Chicago reports.
Jarvis was able to sneak out the back door with her daughter even though the two were being watched.
The supervisor said she attempted to follow them but lost sight of the pair after the mom tricked her by leaving through the door in the kitchen.
The pair hasn’t been seen since, leaving Zoe’s father, Joshua Stegmeyer, terrified and worried about where his little girl could be.
Zoe’s father said he is:
“So scared I can’t even think straight. Zoe is a very special little girl and she’s been missing for three days.”
Now he is pleading for help in finding his daughter:
“Anything you know. If you have seen her on a street corner — maybe you knew Wendy and have some idea where she might have gone — anything. We just want to make sure she’s safe.”
The 41-year-old mother doesn’t have custody of her daughter. In fact, she is in the middle of a battle with Zoe’s dad over custody.
Stegmeyer gave a description of his daughter, hoping someone will recognize her:
“Zoe is 6 years old. Blonde hair, blue eyes. She was last seen with a black jacket, black boots, black leggings and her shirt had a sparkly heart pattern on the front.”
Jarvis was last seen wearing a gray, three-quarter-length peacoat, a green sweatshirt, and a black knit cap. She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 144 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes.
Police explained the parental abduction circumstances did not meet the criteria to issue an Amber Alert for the missing 6-year-old girl, but they are reaching out for help to find her by issuing a national call for help.
They are working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to locate Zoe and her mother and have issued a missing persons advisory.
Authorities are asking for anyone with information to call the Oak Park Police Department at 708-386-3800. Anonymous tips can be made by calling 708-434-1636 or at www.oak-park.us/crimetip.