Man with ties to missing Durham boy, woman a no-show in court
Posted March 23, 2011
Updated March 24, 2011
Durham, N.C. — A man who once lived with a group connected to a missing Durham boy and woman didn't appear in court Wednesday on unrelated charges.
Peter Moses is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm in the city and writing a worthless check. Authorities issued a failure to appear warrant for him on Thursday, adding another twist to the search for Jadon Higganbothan, 5, and Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, 28.
Jadon hasn't been seen since October, while McKoy hasn't been seen since December and was reported missing by her family in Washington, D.C., in early February.
Jadon and his mother, Vania Rae Sisk, lived at 2109 Pear Tree Lane in Durham with a group of people, including McKoy and Moses, police said.
Police searched 2109 Pear Tree Lane several times in recent weeks for evidence that might lead them to Jadon and McKoy. During one search, they found Moses hiding in a cabinet, and they arrested him on the outstanding charges. He was released after posting bond.
McKoy's family said she went to high school with Moses and had a romantic relationship with him. People close to Sisk said she also was romantically involved with Moses.
Search warrants from the Teller County Sheriff's Office in Colorado state that Sisk and Moses moved to the Colorado Springs area early this year with members of the Black Hebrews, a religious sect that believes it descends directly from the ancient tribes of Israel.
Colorado authorities said Durham police called them last month to ask them about the whereabouts of Jadon and Sisk.
Moses' family has denied that he has any connection to the Black Hebrews.
Colorado authorities said they couldn't find Jadon, but Sisk later told Durham investigators that she left the boy with an acquaintance on Feb. 20. Police said her statements about the case were inconsistent.
Sisk failed to appear in court two weeks ago on an unrelated marijuana charge and is now also being sought by police.
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 while they were still in North Carolina. The body was wrapped in plastic and stuffed into a suitcase, and the suitcase was disposed of a few days later, the warrants state.
The informant also told police that McKoy got into an argument with a 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.
More than a dozen investigators spent about four hours Tuesday searching some woods near the intersection of So Hi Drive and Ed Cook Road, which is around the corner from Pear Tree Lane. It was unclear what investigators were searching for in the woods or whether they found anything.
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.