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Waterloo Courier
14 Apr 1899

Orphan Girl Refuses to Live With People who were to Adopt Her.

Yesterday the police were notified of the disappearance from her home of a young girl named Ada Rudd. She had been living with Mr. and Mrs. Sebastean Reiger, 503 Almond Street, but on Wednesday evening she left the house and disappeared. The family searched for her that evening without avail. Yesterday they reported the case to the police and last evening the girl was located at the home of Mrs. Ann DePew, 502 Saxson Street.

She told the officers that she would not return to the Reiger home, and claimed she ran away because she was abused while there.

The girl is 14 years of age. She came to Waterloo about 7 months ago from an orphan's home at Randolph, New York. She first came to live with Mrs. Maxson, but the Reiger family offered to adopt here it is stated and she went to live with them. The adoption papers had been partially prepared, but never executed.

Now the girl wants to return to New York, and the officers don't know what action to take.