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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The Wausau Police Department has released its report into case of a Wisconsin woman who had been missing for nearly 10 years.
Connie McCallister and her three children, ages six, three, and two, returned to the United States in late November, according to the report released Tuesday.
The Wausau Police Department says McCallister was last seen in central Wisconsin in 2004, when she was just 16, attending Athens High School. Officials say she had been living in Mexico ever since.
McCallister told authorities that in August of 2004 she went to Chicago to return some belongings to a man she had been dating named Freddie Ruiz.
McCallister says she made the trip with a friend of Ruiz. But McCallister told authorities that after getting dizzy and falling asleep in the car, she ended up in Mexico with Ruiz.
"McCallister stated that she did not attempt to contact anybody at the waysides for help because she was scared and because she was only 16 years old," according to the report.
The report said, “Ruiz told McCallister that she was going to have to live in Mexico and listen to him.” But McCallister told investigators Ruiz eventually started beating her, resulting in McCallister ending up in the hospital for two weeks.
McCallister eventually left Ruiz, according to the report. She married a man and had a daughter with him, but the two were later divorced, the report said. In 2010 McCallister married another man, Jesus Velazquez Ramos, and had two children with him, according to the report. She is still married to him.
McCallister told investigators she called Wausau police in 2007 and told them she wanted to come home. But in the report, investigators say they asked if she could have been mistaken because they had a record of a “call that McCallister had made to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department” in 2009, telling officers she was okay. According to the report, “McCallister then remembered that she did tell them that she was okay but that she also wanted to come home.”
McCallister told investigators she met an American missionary in September 2013 who helped her contact police and family members. McCallister returned to the United States with her three children in late November.
As for the circumstances surrounding her trip to Mexico, "Investigators asked McCallister if she felt Ruiz should go to prison for kidnapping. McCallister advised that she would rather just let it go and that she did not want to go back," according to the report.
However, McCallister also told investigators that she wants her husband to come to the United States and that if he cannot, "she may have to return to Mexico" to be with him. According to the report, "McCallister does not want to keep her children away from their father."
Investigators say they've referred the case against Freddie Ruiz to the Marathon County District Attorney's Office for interfering with child custody and contributing to truancy.
Wausau police say they will not answer any questions on camera about this case due to heavy media interest.
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