Sheriff: Missing Volo mom could be sued for search costs
BY Frank Abderholden firstname.lastname@example.org October 15, 2012 6:41AM
Aneta Marsek | Lake County Sheriff's photo
Updated: November 17, 2012 6:09AM
The case of the missing Volo mother is being reviewed by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office for possible civil or criminal action.
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Aneta Marsek and her two young children was solved Sunday when she contacted police near the Wisconsin Dells and reported the trio was all right and on vacation.
Marsek, 33, and her daughters, ages 2 and 4 months, had been missing for a week, having been last seen Saturday, Oct. 6, when she left her parenst’ home in Wauconda and never returned to her home in Volo.
Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said Monday the Sheriff’s Office requested the State’s Attorney’s Office review the Marsek case for criminal or civil prosecution. It is rare that charges or restitution is approved in such cases.
Marsek’s estranged husband, Dan, reported the three missing Oct. 10, a Wednesday, which jump-started a search effort that involved dozens of police officers from different agencies, a national missing persons organization, the search of retention ponds by the fire crews and fields by airplanes and setting up a Facebook page. On Saturday, there was a candlelight vigil for the family.
A Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Monday that Marsek heard Sunday there was a giant search effort being made to find her and she went to a gas station and asked them to call police.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 6:55 p.m. Sunday a 9-1-1 call was received by the Wisconsin Dells Police Department regarding a woman who had walked into a gas station requesting the attendant call police.
The woman identified herself to arriving officers as Aneta Marsek, and told them she believed people were looking for her, that she had been reported missing. She then led police to her vehicle, where her two children were located.
She told police she had been living in her vehicle in a secluded wooded area off of County Road H and Fitzgerald Road since she had arrived in the Dells days earlier.
Aneta and her two children were transported by rescue to St. Clair Hospital in Baraboo. Both children were examined and found to be in good health and were later released into the custody of their father. Aneta was transported to Winnebago Mental Health Facility in Oshkosh.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Marsek did not leave the Volo area until sometime on the morning of Oct. 8. She said that she needed to “get away” and that the Dells area reminded her of “childhood memories.”
She had filed for divorce in June and was supposed to be moving from her Volo home this past weekend. According to some reports, in her divorce filing, her husband complained that sometimes she would take the children and disappear without telling anyone where she was, but the Sheriff’s Office could not immediately confirm that story. The husband cooperated throughout the investigations, authorities said.
“I would like to commend our many divisions of the Sheriff’s Office that put their heart and souls into locating Aneta and her children,” said Sheriff Curran.
“We want to thank the entire law enforcement community, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, friends and family of the missing and the media for their assistance and overwhelming support in their attempts to help us locate Aneta and her two children. We are relieved that this had a good ending,” he said.