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Woodstock police: Missing teen found safe Wednesday

A man walks by Empowher Boutique, where a sign hangs in the window asking for help finding missing 15-year-old Hannah Stakes on Tuesday in Woodstock.
A man walks by Empowher Boutique, where a sign hangs in the window asking for help finding missing 15-year-old Hannah Stakes on Tuesday in Woodstock.

Woodstock police have found a teenager reported missing Tuesday.

Woodstock Deputy Chief Ray Lanz said that police found 15-year-old Hannah Stakes at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday at a home in Woodstock. She was there voluntarily with an acquaintance of hers, a 15-year-old boy, police said.

“She is 100 percent [physically] OK,” Lanz said. “She is safe and reunited with her parents, and they are collectively getting the assistance the family needs.”

Police charged the boy, who is unnamed because of his age, with interfering with public officers. He was released to his guardians, police said.

Stakes was taken to Northwestern Medicine Woodstock Hospital for medical evaluation, police said.

Melissa Haske, the teen’s mother, said she last saw her daughter at 9 p.m. Monday in their home on Carol Avenue in Woodstock, but later found out she was talking with a friend until 10:15 p.m. Monday.

When Haske went upstairs to wake her daughter at 6 a.m. Tuesday, she found her daughter was gone.

Haske said her daughter was in danger because of recent mental health problems. Stakes had threatened suicide several times and was supposed to go to an outpatient mental health program Tuesday, the same day she went missing.

The Woodstock Police Department, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Woodstock School District 200 administrators worked collectively during the investigation, authorities said.

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