Incredible moment Australian woman who was abducted for three days as a toddler is reunited with one of the men who found her 53 years later
- 53 years after her abduction Kathleen Wrethman has reunited with her rescuer
- Mark Byrne was one of three teenage boys who discovered Kathy back in 1968
- Boys had been wagging school when they found her wandering with her hair cut
- Kathy and Mark reunited over video chat and shared stories about fateful day
An Australian woman who was abducted as a child and went missing for three days has been reunited with one of the men who found her.
Kathleen Wrethman was just three years old when she was taken from her Sydney home in 1968.
Police believed she was kidnapped by a unknown man. A desperate search was launched but there was no sign of the toddler.
The situation was looking desperate when three teenage boys discovered little Kathy wandering in a creek with her hair cut.
In 1968 three-year-old Kathleen Wrethman was taken from her Sydney home and was missing for three days before she was discovered by three teenage boys wandering a creek
Kathy said she has no memory of her abductor harming her.
Now Kathy is grown and has a family of her own but she has never forgotten the three boys that saved her.
In an emotional interview, Kathy told BBC journalist Jon Kay that she’s always wanted to reunite with her rescuers and thank them.
‘I would wrap my arms around them,’ she said.
In yet another happy twist she was able to do just that.
‘I want to introduce you to somebody,’ Mr Kay said.
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 the screen and said hello.
‘Long time no see,’ Mark said.
After a round of introductions – and tears – Mark gave a bit more insight into what happened that day in 1968.
He said the boys had been ‘wagging school’.
‘We weren’t good boys but we had a good outcome that day,’ he said.
After the video finished Mark showed Kathy the watch her parents had bought 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 the three boys had been ‘wagging school’ when they discovered little Kathy and the watch he was given as a thank you is still working to this day
Mark proudly told Kathy the watch still works to this day.
The reunion was put together after Mr Kay had spoken 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 changing room in 1970 and has not been seen since.
It is believed the two cases are unrelated despite striking similarities in Kathy and Cheryl’s stories.
Both girls had moved to Australia from the UK, were similar in age, and had lived in migrant hostels just an hour apart from one another.
In 2017 a man was charged for the abduction and murder of little Cheryl but the case was dropped.
Both Kathy and Cheryl’s cases remain unsolved.
Anyone with relevant information on either case is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.