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Police seek child taken by mother during court-supervised visit


Dec. 19, 2017 – The 6-year-old child taken Saturday by her mother during a court-supervised visit at an Oak Park restaurant has been found safe.

Based on information developed by Oak Park Police detectives, members of a U.S. Marshal’s Task Force found the pair at about 6 p.m. in a Farmington Hills, Michigan hotel.

The mother, Wendy E. Jarvis, 41, of the 1100 block of South Boulevard in Oak Park, is being held in the Oakland County Jail pending extradition back to Illinois.

Police say the father is en route to pick up his daughter.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.


Dec. 18, 2017 – Oak Park Police have issued a national call for help to locate a 6-year-old girl who was taken by her mother at about 11:15 a.m., Sat., Dec. 16 from a local restaurant during a court-supervised visit.

Zoe Stegmeyer, who lives with her father in Schiller Park, was with her mother Wendy E. Jarvis, 41, of the 1100 block of South Boulevard in Oak Park, and a court-appointed supervisor at a restaurant near Jarvis’ home when the mother reportedly exited through a rear door and fled with her daughter.

The missing child is 3-feet-4-inches tall, 45 pounds, with blonde, shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing a black, quilted jacket, black shirt with a heart on the front, black leggings, black boots and pink gloves.

Jarvis, who is involved in a custody dispute with the child’s father, is 5-feet, 2-inches tall, 144 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a gray, three-quarter-length pea coat, a green sweatshirt and black knit cap.

The circumstances of the parental abduction did not meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert, but Oak Park Police have shared information with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Illinois State Police is expected to issue an Endangered Missing Person Advisory, which goes to 2,200 news media outlets statewide.

The court visitation supervisor told Police that Jarvis said she was taking her daughter to the rest room, but instead took her daughter out through a rear door from the restaurant kitchen. The supervisor said she attempted to follow, but lost sight of the pair in the vicinity of Pleasant and Marion Streets.

An extensive search of the area, including Jarvis’ home, turned up no clues as to their whereabouts. Jarvis’ parents live in Clarkston, Michigan, which is about 42 miles northwest of Detroit. Jarvis was not known to have access to a vehicle.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Oak Park Police Department at 708.386.3800. Information may be provided anonymously by calling 708.434.1636 or online at

Photo of 6-year-old Zoe Stegmeyer
Zoe Stegmeyer

Photo of Wendy E. Jarvis, 41
Wendy E. Jarvis