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Missing Durham woman found in Colorado

Posted February 28, 2011
Updated March 2, 2011

— A woman at the center of a two-state mystery was located in Colorado Monday evening, authorities said, but it was unclear if her missing son was also found.

Vania Rae Sisk, 25, recently moved from Durham to Colorado Springs, and investigators in Colorado said they got a call from Durham police about a missing 5-year-old boy. A missing persons report hasn't been filed with Durham police, so it's unclear who reported the boy missing.

Durham police declined to answer questions about the case on Monday, saying only that they are working with Colorado authorities.

An online search links the home at 2109 Pear Tree Lane in Durham to Sisk, and a neighbor said investigators have gone through the home for several days.

Authorities went to a Colorado Springs home last Wednesday to ask Sisk about the missing boy, but neither she nor her son was there. Colorado Springs police said nine other children were taken from the home and placed in the custody of the Teller County, Colo., Department of Social Services.

The other children are also believed to have connections to the Durham area, authorities said, and they might be sent back to North Carolina. It was unclear where the children were on Monday.

The Department of Social Services in Durham declined to answer any questions about the case.

2109 Pear Tree Lane, former home of Vania Sisk, Jadon Higganbothan Authorities in two states search for Durham woman, son

Shiela Moses told KKTV in Colorado Springs that she was in the house when investigators arrived.

"They came and took my kids that had nothing to do with this," Moses said.

Others in the home said they met Sisk only recently and that, at some point, she left them a note.

"She said that she has no will, that she was hurt. They took her two kids, and she can't let them get her boy," Leonard Moses said, recounting the contents of the note.

Sisk's MySpace page doesn't show any recent postings. It notes that she lives in Colorado Springs, is the mother of two boys, Jadon and PeShawn, and makes reference to some tough days.

Colorado investigators said Sisk missed a child custody hearing with DSS last week.


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  • tjhiggs68 Mar 1, 2011

    Still makes no sense why she went missing and why SS took her children, but obviously there is something very wrong in the home. Hope all the children are ok and safe.

  • all4him Mar 1, 2011

    Let's just put bits and pieces of several stories and put them together as one story. Doesn't matter if it makes sense of not. Geeez!!! Apparently, Journalist don't have to be good at English or Writing to do their job anymore.

  • rhanes70 Mar 1, 2011

    Try living a few houses over and no real explanation of what is going on!

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Mar 1, 2011

    Yeah, the story is a bit confusing..its like reading bits and pieces of the bigger picture.

  • JAT Mar 1, 2011

    It was a very poorly written article, for sure.

  • wralgolo2 Mar 1, 2011

    So apparently SS was going to intervene and remove the child from her custody because of some "unstated" issue, which led her to believe she needed to flee to avoid the seizure of her child.

    The comments left in her note or Leonard Moses' summary needs to be paraphrased. The poor grammar and word choice sounds horrid and scattered.

  • stateman Mar 1, 2011

    Does anyone understand this story?

  • sheablue22 Mar 1, 2011

    My goodness. This story is all over the map. Random details reported in no particular order and with little care detail. Even the headline got it wrong. Come on, WRAL. Do better. This isn't the first time one of your stories had the feel of a third grader.

    Anywho... Prayers to Ms. Sisk and her children.

  • Rockermom Mar 1, 2011

    Human beings should not breed like animals, although animals normally care for their offspring way better than this. Litters of children from some of these folks. Geesh!!

  • Newsjunkie Mar 1, 2011

    Wha????? Who are the other 9 children and what is their connection to Durham? If one of Sisk's children is missing, where is the other one? Who is the other woman in the house and why were her children taken? Yes, this is a confusing story...