Police find sisters with mom after 18 months missing

L-R: Danielle Wolferts and Sydney Wolferts. The sisters were found Sunday morning in Pleasant Grove after being reported missing in Orem, Utah, over a year ago. Photo date and place not provided | Photo courtesy of Fox 13 News Now, St. George News

PLEASANT GROVE — The Orem Police Department found two teenage girls, previously reported by their mother as runaways, in a Pleasant Grove apartment Sunday with their mother.

The girls’ father, Brian Wolferts had been awarded custody of Danielle Wolferts and Sydney Wolferts, now 15 and 16 years old respectively, and moved to Topeka, Kansas, four years ago. The girls traveled to Pleasant Grove May 30, 2014, to visit their mother, Sonja “Michelle” Wolferts, for the summer and were supposed to return home to their father that July 17.

However, on July 11, 2014, Michelle Wolferts told police she dropped the girls off at University Mall in Orem at 3 p.m. and was supposed to pick them up at 6 p.m. She said the girls never showed up and reported them as runaways.

The Orem Police spent hours following up on leads and searching the area at that time. According to the Department’s Facebook post Sunday, they had long reached the opinion that Michelle Wolferts was harboring the girls.

Sonja "Michelle" Wolferts, accused of harboring her two teenage daughters from their father, Orem, Utah, Jan. 3, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah County Jail, St. George News
Sonja “Michelle” Wolferts, accused of harboring her two teenage daughters from their father, Orem, Utah, Jan. 3, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah County Jail, St. George News

In its post, the Orem Police Department stated Sunday morning:

Turns out, we were right….at 3am this morning the Pleasant Grove Police Department received a tip of Danielle and Sydney’s whereabouts, 170 S. Pleasant Grove Blvd. When they got there, they found the two girls and their mother in the apartment.

The girls are being held at Slate Canyon Youth Center in Provo until they can be reunited with their father, according to a Fox 13 News Now report by Tiffany Demasters Sunday.

Michelle Wolferts was taken into custody Sunday morning and has been booked into the Utah County Jail on several charges.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • IDIOT COMMENTERS January 3, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    never even heard of this, but sure glad no one was raped

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