October 17, 2007

While Marlene Stephens nurses her husband back to health after heart surgery, the Northwest Side couple are bracing for news that their daughter, missing for four years, has been found dead.

That word could come as soon as today after a medical examiner determines the identity of a woman found inside a Chevrolet Lumina last registered to Kathleen Wiekierak. The car was found submerged in Cranberry Lake on Tuesday.

"It's her car, and we've prayed very hard for closure on this," Marlene Stephens said. "We were sure she was dead, but we have prayed for an answer. We may have it. It's good, but at the same time, it hurts."

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