Lawmen search for missing Meta woman

31-year-old charged with escaping custody

A Meta woman who pleaded guilty in May to a misdemeanor charge in connection with a fatal car crash from February 2012 in Jefferson City is now wanted for escaping from custody.

Stephanie Wiebold, 31, is charged with not returning to the Cole County Jail after a medical furlough she received from the courts.

A sheriff’s department probable cause statement shows Wiebold was released from jail on the morning of Oct. 18 and was supposed to return later that same day, but never did.

As of Friday, she had not made any attempts to contact authorities to give a cause as to why she hasn’t returned.

Wiebold was charged with careless and imprudent driving, and was ordered to serve one year in jail.

Wiebold was westbound in the 1800 block of U.S. 50 West, about two blocks east of Dix Road, when she “failed to maintain her lane of travel” because she was on her cellphone, “and, therefore, drove off the road, striking a rock embankment.”

Jefferson City police said the accident caused Wiebold’s 2-year-old son, Dallen Rackers, “to travel forward in the car and impact the interior of the vehicle” because he was riding in the rear seat unrestrained. Wiebold also wasn’t using a seat belt, the police said. Dallen died a few weeks later as a result of the injuries he suffered.

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