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Woman missing since 2004 found alive in Mexico

Connie McCallister was 16 in 2004 when, police believe, she left the state voluntarily with her 22-year-old boyfriend. (Source: Rapid Search and Rescue/CNN) Connie McCallister was 16 in 2004 when, police believe, she left the state voluntarily with her 22-year-old boyfriend. (Source: Rapid Search and Rescue/CNN)

ATHENS, WI (WAUSAU DAILY HERALD/CNN) - A Wisconsin church is raising money to bring home a woman who was considered missing.

Connie McCallister was 16 in 2004 when, police believe, she left the state voluntarily with her 22-year-old boyfriend.

For years, authorities said they heard rumors that McCallister was in Mexico and had a family with a man she married, but who was not the boyfriend she left with.

According to the Wausau Daily Herald, a missionary met McCallister and learned she was a missing person, then contacted officials at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. She said McCallister now has three children and wanted to come home.

In September, police said they used Skype to speak with her and were able to verify that she was indeed Connie McCallister.

"We have confirmed, through conversations on Skype, that this is really Connie, and she did ask for help getting home," Wausau Police Capt. Greg Hagenbucher told the Wausau Daily Herald. "But she won't come back without her children."

She told them she was OK and was living with her family.

Meanwhile, the Trinity Lutheran Church in Athens, WI said that McCallister had been kidnapped and abused by her first husband and are now raising money for her expenses.

Police said that's when they contacted McCallister again. They said she told them that she may have been drugged at a party in 2004 because the next day she woke up in Mexico.

The Wausau Daily Herald reported police are working with the U.S. Consulate to return to the woman to her family.

They said they will discuss the circumstances surrounding her leaving Wisconsin with her boyfriend when she gets back.

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