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Wis. woman missing since 2004 is found alive

ATHENS, Wis. (AP) -- The aunt of a Wausau woman who has been found after being missing for nine years says her niece was held in Mexico against her will.

Connie McCallister, now 25, disappeared with her then 22-year-old boyfriend in 2004.

Florence Volzka says the boyfriend drugged her to get her to Mexico. She says the man eventually beat her and she ended up in the hospital, where a worker helped change her identity.

She says since McCallister didn't know Spanish, it was hard for her to contact her family.

Volzka says a missionary recently helped McCallister contact American authorities.

Volzka was reluctant to release many details until she was safely home.

An Athens church is trying to raise money to bring her and her three children back.


Information from: Wausau Daily Herald Media,