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Warrants: Police told missing Durham boy slain

Posted March 3, 2011
Updated March 4, 2011

— A 5-year-old Durham boy last seen in October might have been killed by a religious sect, according to search warrants from Colorado that WRAL News obtained Thursday.

Durham police said Thursday that they still consider Jadon Higganbothan missing, and they said they also are looking for a missing woman who lived with Jadon and his mother, Vania Rae Sisk.

Colorado authorities said they became involved in the case last week when Durham police called to ask them about the whereabouts of Jadon and Sisk, who recently moved from Durham to the Colorado Springs area.

Authorities went to a Woodland Park, Colo., home on Feb. 23 to ask Sisk about the missing boy, but neither she nor her son was there. Ten other children were taken from the home and placed in the custody of the Teller County, Colo., Department of Social Services.

The search warrants from the Teller County Sheriff's Office state that Sisk moved from Durham with a group of followers of the Black Hebrews, a religious sect that believes it descends directly from the ancient tribes of Israel.

According to the warrants, a confidential Durham police informant who is a former member of the Black Hebrews told investigators that Jadon was shot by a member of the group in October, wrapped in plastic and stuffed into a suitcase. The suitcase was disposed of a few days later, the warrants state.

"There's nothing a 5-year-old could do to deserve to die," said Jadon's father, Jamiel Higganbothan.

Higganbothan and Sisk divorced a few years ago, and he has had trouble keeping in touch with Jadon since then. He said he has lost hope that his son is alive and only wants closure.

Sisk returned to Durham on Wednesday from Colorado and told local investigators that she had left Jadon with an acquaintance on Feb. 20, police said.

Sisk, however, told police two different accounts. First, she said she left Jadon with a woman named Charlene Keith on Danube Lane, police said, but she later said she left him with a woman named Alicia Sanders or Sanderson who lives somewhere on North Roxboro Road.

Keith said Friday that she hasn't been contacted by police in the case.

Jadon Higganbothan, missing Durham boy Mystery deepens into Durham boy's whereabouts

She told investigators she hasn't been able to locate the boy since leaving him with the woman. He was last seen wearing a yellow T-shirt, a blue coat and jeans and was leaving in a burgundy Pontiac Grand Am, she said.

Sisk's stepmother has asked private investigator Bobby Brown, who regularly appears on the cable television show "Dog the Bounty Hunter," to help find Jadon.

Brown said the woman, who lives in Colorado, was concerned by a reference Sisk made about the world ending in 2012. Sisk also would put her stepmother off whenever the woman asked about Jadon, Brown said.

"Her only answer was very lackadaisical, that (Jadon) is fine and someday soon everybody will know that he’s fine," Brown said in a phone interview. "She is just beside herself that her stepdaughter will absolutely not say where this little boy is.”

Sisk's stepmother also told Brown that the group Sisk lives with believes one man with them is holy.

"I believe, in Vania's words, that some of them call him a prophet. Some of them call him the apostle. Some of them call him the anointed one," Brown said.

Woman missing from Durham home

Durham police have searched a home at 2109 Pear Tree Lane several times in recent days for evidence in the case. Technicians removed a box and a bag of items from the house Tuesday.

Police said Thursday that they also were searching for a woman who lived at the house with Sisk and Jadon.

Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy was last seen in December, police said. Her family in Washington, D.C., reported her missing on Feb. 1.

According to the Colorado search warrants, the confidential informant told Durham police that McKoy got into an argument with another member of the Black Hebrews in December, and she was beaten up and shot to death by members of the group. They later disposed of her body, the warrants state.

Investigators went to the home several times in February to ask about McKoy, police said, and on Feb. 18, they found Peter Lucas Moses Jr., 27, hiding in a cabinet inside.

Moses is a member of the Black Hebrews group who moved from Durham to Colorado with Sisk, according to the search warrants.

Moses was arrested on outstanding warrants charging him with carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm in the city and writing a worthless check. He was released after posting a $1,500 bond.

McKoy is described as a black woman, 5 feet 4 inches tall and about 160 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black hat, black coat, jeans and black shoes.

Anyone with information on Jadon's or McKoy's whereabouts is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension 29335, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 7, 2011

    @tscottmorgan, thanks for asking about deaths commanded by the Bible.

    Here are 8 examples:

    1- Death is required for violating 7 of the Ten Commandments. (yeah, it’s O.T., but if you still subscribe to the Ten C’s, then why not enforce the violation of them? If you’re as informed as you say, you’re already familiar with the punishment passages.)

    2- "If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” -- Jesus speaking in John 15:6 The burning of unbelievers during the Inquisition was based on these words of Jesus.

    So, the question remains. What reason would you, a mere mortal follower, have for NOT actually following the commands and required punishments of your god?

  • tscottmorgan Mar 4, 2011

    What many people don't realize today is that non-Catholic churches and denominations that propose this now-popular idea of Christ dying for every person were actually founded out of later protests *against* the Protestant Reformation. Most of evangelicalism today is *not* Protestant. This is why the theological label "Reformed" has since come to exclusively refer to more Calvinistic groups, e.g. the more conservative Presbyterians (not the mainline PC-USA) and some Baptists and non-denom, because these are the folks who truly maintain the historical Protestant faith as it was espoused by the Reformers.

  • tscottmorgan Mar 4, 2011

    The historical Protestant view is that Christ's death, according to the Bible, was an atoning sacrifice for individual people, as He specifically bore the specific sins of those specific persons (whoever they all happen to be). That is what the phrase "substitutionary atonement" means, which most evangelicals today claim to believe in, but do not correctly understand. The popular view of the atonement today -- this idea that Jesus died for everyone -- is an unwitting denial of substitutionary atonement, which the church throughout history has actually understood to be an essential doctrine to a proper understanding and presentation of the gospel.

  • tscottmorgan Mar 4, 2011

    "The protestant reformation changed the focus back to Jesus and the fact that he died for everybody's sins...". This is the popular point of view among evangelicals today, but it was actually not the position of the Protestant Reformation, nor the early church. One can find any of the major works of Luther or the other Reformers with a quick Google search, and read for themselves that they argued for a particular redemption. That is, penal substitutionary atonement. Or to put it in layman's terms, Christ died not for every single person, but for the elect of God only (cf. John 17:9; 6:37-44; Matt. 1:21 in conjunction with the fact that "his people" in the New Testament is a phrase defined as referring to Christians).

    That was the position of the Reformers; not the idea that Jesus died for everybody. That's actually more in line with the Roman Catholic view.

  • tscottmorgan Mar 4, 2011

    hereandnow99 - "There are loads of commands (yes New Testament for you non-readers) that command death of non-followers and others."

    I read and study the Bible avidly. I would LOVE to see you try to support this claim. To what texts are you referring?

    deutschgirl89, I'm being very nitpicky here, because you are correct except on a couple minor counts, but I thought I would offer a small word of correction. Many people today would truly be shocked by how much modern evangelicalism has actually returned to the doctrine and theology of Rome over the centuries. Many who call themselves "Protestant" cannot legitimately hold claim to the title without essentially redefining the historical meaning of the word.

    I just point out one thing you said, which brought this to mind. You said, ...

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Mar 4, 2011

    With that, comes the new practice of reading scripture individually rather than having a priest interpret their own meaning of it.It gave Christians room for individual judgement; meaning the Holy Spirit helps each believer make decisions about the meaning of biblical passages and about how to apply Christian principles to
    everyday life. (The ability of each individual to radically
    question and rethink accepted interpretation is sometimes called the Protestant Principle.)

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Mar 4, 2011

    He started what is known today as the "Protestant Reformation" It completely changed the practices of Christianity in more than one way. Before, people were to just listen to Priests that would interpret the Bible or speak of it to a congregation. Well, they still do that today -- but what the reformation created was a different understanding of how Christianity should be practiced, what was practiced, and what it was to be centered around. The roman catholic church centers itself around Mary and the Saints. The protestant reformation changed the focus back to Jesus and the fact that he died for everybody's sins and re-established the importance of his role in relationship to God. Martin Luther taught people that following the works of Jesus is what would save them in the end. This also opened up the window of creating a personal relationship between one's self and God.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Mar 4, 2011

    hereandnow -- I see your point, and I'm definitely not trying to make excuses for religion's hypocricy (I'm not religious myself), but I'll go ahead and explain the answer to your questions below:

    So, the real question is, why do people ignore the texts that they say they follow? I mean, what’s a little jail time or death penalty if you’re doing your god’s work? Besides, who are you (a mere mortal) to question the commands of a god?

    First off, not everybody ignores the complete text of it. Clearly that's why we have different religions that have branched off throughout history taking the parts they wanted, or developing their own versions from existing ones. Since christianity is the dominant religion of this country, I'll use that for example. Back in the 15th century when the roman catholic church was prominant throughout Europe, there was a German Priest named Martin Luther who didn't agree with their teachings and practices.

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