UPDATE: Search for missing Edgerton teens broadens to two counties
EDGERTON--Authorities are focusing efforts in Rock and Dane counties in an attempt to find two missing Edgerton teens.
Police received a report at Wednesday that Derek Siefken and Emma Hansen, both 13, of Edgerton, had left their homes.
Text messages left with friends and phone conversations led authorities to believe one or both may be at risk, according to a department news release.
There had apparently been “strain” recently between Siefken and Hansen at school, according to a WCLO radio interview Thursday with Hansen's mother Wendy Hansen and Edgerton Reporter newspaper Publisher Diane Everson.
Edgerton Schools Superintendent Dennis Pauli declined comment Thursday, saying that the school district was still trying to learn more about the situation.
Officers are following up on reports the teens may have been seen walking on Highway N between Edgerton and Stoughton. Police were checking Stoughton addresses of known former classmates.
Wendy Hansen said that the last time family had contact with Emma Hansen was 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Derek Siefken is a white male who is 5 foot 6 and weighs 150 pounds. Emma Hansen is a white female who is 5 foot 5 and weighs 120 pounds. Hansen has long brown hair with natural blond highlights, and she may be walking with a limp because of a recent injury to her foot, Wendy Hansen said.
The Edgerton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating the teens.
Anyone with information should call the Edgerton Police Department, (608) 884-3321 Ext. 3 or the Rock County Communications Center by dialing 911.