SOUTH ELGIN, Ill. (WGN) — An Illinois girl who was abducted at 9 years old has been found safe in North Carolina six years later, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Kayla Unbehaun was allegedly taken by her mother, Heather Unbehaun, on July 5, 2017.

Kayla Unbehaun at 9 years old. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

North Carolina’s Asheville Police Department said Tuesday that officers responded to a local business in on Saturday after getting a report from an employee who had recognized Kayla as the missing child “from well publicized media.” She is now 15.

Heather Unbehaun allegedly committed the abduction during a camping trip in South Elgin, Illinois. After going on the trip with her daughter, the two dropped out of sight.

Unbehaun did not have custody rights of Kayla. Ryan Iserka, Kayla’s father, was supposed to pick up his daughter from her mother’s Wheaton, Illinois, home, but neither turned up.

According to previous reporting by WGN, the NCMEC had said in a press release that before disappearing, Unbehaun had indicated she wanted to live off-the-grid and have a more “carefree” lifestyle. For a while, police thought she may have taken Kayla to Georgia. A year after she disappeared, her father enlisted the public’s help, saying he wanted his daughter home so “she can grow up and have a life with everyone who loves her.”

Heather Unbehaun, 40 (Buncombe County, North Carolina Sheriff Department)

Unbehaun, 40, was arrested after Kayla was found in Buncombe County, North Carolina, and reunited with her father. She faces child abduction charges out of Kane County, Illinois, and is set to be extradited to there. Police said she was being held on a $250,000 secured bond for a fugitive warrant.

Iserka issued the following statement through the NCMEC:

“I’m overjoyed that Kayla is home safe. I want to thank @ElginPDFD, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and all of the law enforcement agencies who assisted with her case. We ask for privacy as we get to know each other again and navigate this new beginning.”