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Abduction survivor Kathleen Wrethman reunites with rescuer after the 1968 kidnapping

Incredible moment Australian woman abducted for three days as a small child is reunited with one of the men who found her 53 years later

  • 53 years after her abduction, Kathleen Wrethman is reunited with her rescuer
  • Mark Byrne was one of three teenage boys who discovered Kathy back in 1968
  • Boys had been wagging at school when they found her wandering with her hair cut
  • Kathy and Mark reunited over video chat and shared stories of fateful day

An Australian woman who was abducted as a child and disappeared for three days has been reunited with one of the men who found her.

Kathleen Wrethman was only three years old when she was taken from her home in Sydney in 1968.

Police believed she was kidnapped by an unknown man. A desperate search was launched, but there was no sign of the little child.

The situation looked desperate when three teenage boys spotted little Kathy walking in a creek with her hair cut.

In 1968, three-year-old Kathleen Wrethman was taken from her home in Sydney and had disappeared for three days before being discovered by three teenage boys walking in a river.

In 1968, three-year-old Kathleen Wrethman was taken from her home in Sydney and had disappeared for three days before being discovered by three teenage boys walking in a river.

Kathy said she does not remember her abductor harming her.

Now Kathy has grown up and has her own family, but she has never forgotten the three boys who saved her.

In an emotional interview, Kathy told BBC journalist Jon Kay that she has always wanted to be reunited with her rescuers and thank them.

"I would wrap my arms around them," she said.

In yet another happy turn, she was capable of just that.

"I would like to introduce you to someone," Mr. Kay said.

In an emotional interview published Thursday, Kathy was able to reunite with one of her rescuers, Mark Byrne, and thank him

In an emotional interview published Thursday, Kathy was able to reunite with one of her rescuers, Mark Byrne, and thank him

Kathy gasped as a smiley Mark Byrne appeared on screen and said hello.

"I have not seen for a long time," Mark said.

After a round of introductions - and tears - Mark gave a little more insight into what happened that day in 1968.

He said the boys had 'guarded at school'.

"We were not good boys, but we had a good result that day," he said.

After the video was finished, Mark Kathy showed the watch that her parents had bought for him to say thank you for finding her back in 1968.

On the back, the watch is engraved with the words 'Thank you from Kathy to Mark'.

Mark revealed that the three boys had gone to school when they discovered little Kathy, and the watch he received as a thank you still works to this day

Mark revealed that the three boys had gone to school when they discovered little Kathy, and the watch he received as a thank you still works to this day

Mark proudly told Kathy that the watch still works to this day.

The reunion was put together after Mr Kay spoke to Kathy about her abduction as part of his investigation into the disappearance of another NSW girl.

Cheryl Grimmer had been taken from Sydney's Fairy Meadow beach locker room in 1970 and has not been seen since.

It is believed that the two cases are unrelated despite striking similarities in Kathy and Cheryl's stories.

Both girls had moved to Australia from the UK, were the same age and had lived in hostels just an hour apart.

In 2017, a man was charged with the abduction and murder of little Cheryl, but the case was dropped.

Both Kathy and Cheryl's cases remain unresolved.

Anyone with relevant information on both cases is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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