AMBER ALERT Canceled: Owensboro Girl Found

A 13-year-old Daviess County girl kidnapped in Kentucky is found safe in Wisconsin.

"It just goes to show that the Amber Alert system works, and it works well," said Sturgeon Bay Police Chief Dan Trelka.

Trelka says Haley Willett was found at around 4:30 Sunday morning.
A nationwide alert was issued for Willett Saturday, after the girl was reported missing from her home in Owensboro.

Police arrested 43-year-old Archie Whalen, an alleged acquaintance of the girl's family.

Authorities say Whalen will be sent back to Kentucky for his charges.

"The commonwealth's attorneys office will be in communication with the U.S. Attorney's Office to determine whether or not this will be presented in state court, of if ultimately there will be federal prosecution in connection with this case," said Lt. Jeff Jones, with the Daviess County Sheriff's Dept.

Investigators say Whalen had pulled into a hotel parking lot in Sturgeon Bay when they spotted his red Ford Explorer.

Police Chief Dan Trelka told WBKO by phone Sunday night that arrangements are being made to reunite Willett with her family.

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The Daviess County Sheriff's Department is looking for 13-year-old Haley Willett.

According to authorities, Willett was last seen at her home in Owensboro at around 4:30 Saturday morning.

Authorities say Willett could possibly be en route to Hancock, Maine, New York, NY or an unknown location in Florida with suspect, 43-year-old Archie Whalen.

Willett is described as a 13-year-old white female, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is around 5'5'' and 102 lbs. She has a scar on her toe that requires medication and she was last seen wearing blue jean shorts and a white tank top.

Archie Whalen is described as being a 43-year-old white male, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is around 6' and 200 lbs.

Police say he could be driving a red 1999 Chevy Silverado with a Maine license plate # 801 - 7RF. The truck has a sleep in camper on the back.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 immediately or the Daviess County Sheriff's Dept. at 270-685-8444.


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