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Missing Volo woman was staying in woods in SUV with kids

AnetMarsek | Lake County Sheriff's photo

Aneta Marsek | Lake County Sheriff's photo

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Updated: October 15, 2012 6:45PM

While police frantically searched ponds and fields across Lake County for Aneta Marsek and her two young daughters, the missing Volo family was living in their SUV amid a grove of trees near the Wisconsin Dells.

The 33-year-old Marsek told police she had vanished with her daughters because she needed to “get away” and chose the Dells because it brought back pleasant “childhood memories,” Lake County sheriff’s officials said Monday.

Marsek and her children were found unharmed Sunday night after she asked a gas station worker near the Wisconsin resort town to contact police on her behalf, sheriff’s officials said.

“We are relieved that this had a good ending,” said Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, whose department launched a widespread search after the Marseks were reported missing last week.

Marsek’s daughters — 2-year-old Chevelle and 4-month-old Macenzie — were examined at a local hospital, then released to their father, Dan Marsek, who at a weekend candlelight vigil had tearfully asked for help in locating his missing relatives.

Aneta Marsek was being evaluated Monday at the Winnebago Mental Health Facility in Oshkosh, Lake County officials said.

She had filed for divorce from her husband in June, according to court records, and had been dealing with other personal issues, said her mother, Wanda Czaja. Those included the recent loss of her job and foreclosure proceedings on the family’s house in Volo, Czaja said in an earlier interview.

Marsek and her children were last seen on Oct. 6 when they left her parents’ Wauconda home.

Worried relatives reported them missing on Wednesday, prompting searches that at times included a helicopter, an airplane and a dive team that checked several lakes and ponds near her rural home.

The family remained out of sight until about 7 p.m. Sunday, when Aneta Marsek told the gas station worker near the Dells that she thought police were searching for her.

When Wisconsin Dells police arrived, Marsek led them to her Trailblazer, which was parked a short distance away in a “secluded wooded area,” sheriff’s police said.

Her children were found safe inside, police said.

Sheriff’s officials plan to ask Lake County prosecutors to review the case to see if any criminal charges against Marsek are warranted.

Neither Dan Marsek nor Aneta Marsek’s relatives could be reached Monday for comment.

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