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UPDATE: Family of teen missing since 2004 speaks out

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The Wausau Police Department officials say Connie McCallister was last seen in 2004, when she was just 16. Officials say she's been living in Mexico ever since.

The last time McCallister lived in central Wisconsin, she was a student at Athens High School.

"Everyone was really hurting and missing her and not knowing where she was, not knowing if she was still here or died," said Connie McCallister's aunt, Florence Volzka.

Now, the family has some answers. Wausau Police officials say McCallister is married with three children in Mexico. They say she only recently reached out to her family here, through a missionary.

"She just wants to come home. And she didn't know how to get home," said Volzka.

For the first time since 2004, Volzka was able to talk to her niece.

"We Skyped and I cried for an hour. I literally cried. I saw her and it was her. I thank God every day," said Volzka.

Members of McCallister's family says she was taken against her will to Mexico, but Wausau Police will not confirm that.

Trinity Lutheran Church, where McCallister went to school when she was younger, is trying to help bring her home.

"I just didn't know where to turn anymore. It was getting very expensive," said Volzka.

"We have a little motto here, we helped the kids when they were little and we're going to hang together as a community and we're going to help them again," said Trinity Lutheran Church Administrative Assistant Judy Weise.

The church is holding a soup dinner to raise money for her trip back to the United States.

"I will be overwhelmed, I will be excited, I will cry. I will laugh. I just want to hug her. It would be 10 years next august. That's a long time,” said Volzka.

Connie McCallister's family members say they don't know when she'll come home or how much it will cost.

The soup dinner for McCallister is scheduled for Sunday Nov. 17, from 10:30-1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Athens.

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