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Father questions lack of charges in Durham boy's disappearance

Posted April 6, 2011

— The father of a missing Durham boy said Wednesday that he cannot understand that police believe his son was killed but haven't charged anyone in his death.

Jadon Higganbothan, 5, hasn't been seen since October, and a Durham homicide detective stated last week in an application for a search warrant that police believe the boy's mother and her boyfriend were "directly involved" in his death.

"There's question marks floating all over my head right now," Jamiel Higganbothan said in a telephone interview from his home in Georgia.

Higganbothan and Jadon's mother, Vania Sisk, divorced several years ago.

Jadon and Sisk lived at 2109 Pear Tree Lane in Durham with a group of people, including Sisk's boyfriend, Peter Moses, and Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, a longtime friend of Moses, according to police.

McKoy, 28, hasn't been seen since December and was reported missing by her family in Washington, D.C., in early February.

A confidential informant told Durham police in February that both Jadon and McKoy were killed in the house and that their bodies were disposed of.

Police searched the home several times in recent weeks for evidence in the case, and they also searched some nearby woods last month.

Investigators found a bullet, shell casing and evidence of human blood inside the house, according to a search warrant released Tuesday. They also found evidence of "overt cleaning" in part of the home.

Neither Sisk nor Moses has been charged in the case. Police have issued warrants for their arrests on unrelated charges after they failed to appear in court last month.

2109 Pear Tree Lane, former home of Vania Sisk, Jadon Higganbothan Father questions lack of charges in Durham boy's disappearance

"I feel like law enforcement is kind of dragging it along," Higganbothan said. "They let both of them slip out from underneath their arms in the state of Colorado when they had an opportunity to keep them in custody.”

Sisk, Moses and others moved to Colorado Springs early this year, and Durham police asked Colorado authorities to check on Jadon's whereabouts. Authorities put several other children in the Colorado Springs home into protective custody but couldn't find Jadon.

Sisk later returned to Durham and met with investigators, telling them she left Jadon with an acquaintance on Feb. 20. Police have said her statements were inconsistent.

"They knew of (information about Jadon's possible slaying) the time they apprehended her the first time. So, at that point is when they should have held her until they were physically able to put their hands on Jadon,” Higganbothan said.

Police have refused to comment on the investigation, but Higganbothan said investigators have told him that they have no idea where Sisk and Moses are.

"They are both wanted on separate charges, so I’m ready for some arrests to be made,” he said.


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  • damnyank Apr 8, 2011

    i agree with justmy2cents.
    sunne, it doesn't matter if she doesn't WANT to be found. if he really wanted to be there for his child he would have gone to court to try and gain custody of his child. just making a few phone calls here and there? thats's not being a father. he didn't try.

  • tritonlm6 Apr 7, 2011

    Whose you gonna charge? Too bad for Colorado Springs. I'm sure these folks and others like them will turn that town into a terlit before long.

  • kal Apr 7, 2011

    Unfortunately the police need so much proof that it is extremely difficulty. They want to make sure they have a solid case or the person charged may slip through the cracks. I know a case of child abuse where months later no one has been charged yet-however, the police are still investigating to get as much information as possible since there was not eyewitness except for the child under a year old (who of course can not talk and thank GOD won't remember). I don't care how long it takes the police as long as they get the guilty party and procute him to the fullest extent of the law.

  • just my2cents Apr 7, 2011

    From the "father" who wasn't much of a father. I don't wanna hear that line. If my kids were being moved around like this kid was, I would have a lawyer, a social worker and myself working on a case to bring them to MY house where they would have a stable home.

  • anneonymousone Apr 7, 2011

    Compassion points for Num8Volvo and Sunne; it's heartening to find some kindness here.

  • Sunne Apr 7, 2011

    According to other reports, the father did try to contact the child, but the mother moved frequently and didn't have a telephone. It's difficult to find someone who doesn't want to be found. Let's not be too quick to judge the actions of this father until all the facts are known.

  • MarvinsWife12 Apr 7, 2011

    This isn't like a police tv show, this is real life. Just because the police suspect something, doesn't mean they can arrest someone. They need evidence and if it's been a while since a crime was committed, it's harder to collect the necessary evidence. Plus it takes a while to process any bodily fluids as the SBI has a HUGE back log. It can take a year to get things processed at the SBI, if they do a complete and thorough job.

    That noted, I'm sure I'd feel the same way if I was in his shoes.

  • what_in_the____ Apr 7, 2011

    This "father" probably looks at this situation as the potential for a lawsuit at some point. In his eyes it's like "hmmm, I haven't seen my kid in years but he's dead, Durham PD may screw this one up too, time to act like I care."

    If you weren't there when your child was alive, no reason to be around after his death...so sad.

  • kbo80 Apr 6, 2011

    I'm not taking sides but, this dad may have tried to stay in his childs life. From reading about this group that she was in, it seems like they are very unstable. The women worshiped some man that's with them and he probably did not allow them to contact the outside world. A previous report said that he had the women working and they gave him their paychecks. Your mind has to be off to give a man your paycheck.

  • SmileAndNod Apr 6, 2011

    This is not a teen father, he is knocking on 50. Sorry, I can't fall for the excuses, I refuse.