The Ottumwa Courier

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February 12, 2014

Batavia teen still missing

BATAVIA — The search continues for a Batavia girl who was reported as missing in November.

On Nov. 9, Bill Kahl of Batavia notified the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department that his 15-year-old daughter, Jessica Kahl, had run away.

According to a previous Courier article, at the time the circumstances of the disappearance did not appear to be suspicious in nature. Jessica was classified as a missing juvenile due to her age.

Jessica was last seen at her residence in Batavia, and at the time she was wearing a Pennsylvania State University hooded sweatshirt, white jeans and black tennis shoes with red laces, according to the Courier article. She is also described as a white female, 5-feet 4-inches tall, 115 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

At the time of the article, it was said Jessica may be in the company of William Nicely, who was 25 at the time. He is described as a white male, 5-feet 11-inches tall and 160 pounds and could possibly have been driving a 1993 single-cab Ford diesel pickup of an unknown color.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, there is no new information available in the case. Private Investigator Larry Adams, of Boone, and The Center for Search and Investigation for Missing Children (CFSI) are also assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding Jessica Kahl’s whereabouts is encouraged to notify the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh


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