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Pair linked to missing Durham boy, woman arrested

Posted April 12, 2011
Updated April 13, 2011

— Police arrested a Durham man and woman linked to the disappearances of a boy and a woman during a home raid on Dunstan Avenue Tuesday.

Officers arrested Vania Sisk, 25, and her boyfriend, Peter Lucas Moses, 27, during a raid at 121-B Dunstan Ave. Sisk is the mother of  5-year-old Jadon Higganbothan who hasn't been seen since October.

Investigators believe that Sisk and Moses were "directly involved" in the deaths of Jadon and Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, 28, who has been missing since December, a homicide detective wrote in an application for a recent search warrant. No charges have been filed in the disappearances.

Jamiel Higganbothan, Jadon's father, said he was "very, very surprised" but relieved to hear about the arrests.

"When you do something as treacherous as taking the lives of two innocent people, then of course, why wouldn't you be on the run?" he said.

Jadon Higganbothan, missing Durham boy Missing boy's father reacts to arrests in Durham case

Sisk was charged with failure to appear in court charge stemming from a previous misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. She was given a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Moses faces charges of second-degree kidnapping, assault by pointing a gun, assault on a female, communicating threats and failure to appear in court. He was denied bond.

Arrest warrants state that Moses kidnapping a 16-year-old girl identified only the initials "Z.T." He hit her several times, pointed a semi-automatic gun at her and threatened to kill her, police state in the warrants.

Moses was initially arrested in early March when he was found hiding in a closet in a home at 2109 Pear Tree Lane. He was served without standing warrants for carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm in city limits and writing a worthless check, but didn't show up in court later that month.

Vania Sisk in court Bonds lowered for pair linked to missing Durham boy, woman

On Monday, police searched the home on 2109 Pear Tree Lane, where Sisk, Moses, McKoy and Jadon once lived, and a nearby boarded-up home at 2310 So Hi Drive. It was unclear what police were looking for or what they might have found.

Police have searched the Pear Tree Lane home and nearby woods several times since February. They found a bullet, shell casing and evidence of human blood and "overt cleaning" inside the house, according to a search warrant released last week.

A confidential informant told Durham police in February that both Jadon and McKoy were killed in the Pear Tree Lane house and that their bodies were disposed of. The informant said they lived there with members of the Black Hebrews, a religious sect that believes it descends directly from the ancient tribes of Israel.

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 in early March and told them she left Jadon with an acquaintance on Feb. 20. Police have said her statements were inconsistent.


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  • poohpdoo2002 Apr 13, 2011

    That's what I'm trying to figure out. If the police know that she is directly linked to the disappearance of her son and the other woman, then why would they let her go? Makes no sense.

  • bombayrunner Apr 13, 2011

    No matter where you are, good and evil exist. Monsters here.

  • crustyhalo Apr 13, 2011

    Sooooo, a CI told DPD that this child and female had been killed,my question is "how reliable is the CI...I mean this is a criminal that is working off criminal charges..right ? So what other evidence do they have in these "murders"..just wondering

  • jellygirl Apr 13, 2011

    They let her go on a $5000 bond? Are you kidding me? They'll never see her again for sure. Why on earth would a judge give such a low bail to a person suspected of killing her own child?

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  • gagal Apr 13, 2011

    How many agree that mom is gone....She's not coming back.. Why in the world would you give her bond

  • hallmark Apr 13, 2011

    The mother was released??????? Do they actually think that she is going to appear in court now?????

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Apr 13, 2011

    I am glad that these two were caught... Now I hope & pray that the truth will come out so that the victims families may have some closer and know what happened to their loved ones, and where they are. Why were these two murdered? Is this some sort of religious cult??

  • Phlebotomia Apr 13, 2011

    Shame my ordigianl comment didnt make it on here. I hope they find out exactly what happened to this baby and bestow apon the criminals the same courtesy they have given a defenseless, helpless child. Whos only mistake was to trust the one person in the world meant to keep him safe from harm. There is a special place for people like this.

  • tritonlm6 Apr 13, 2011

    Just another example of the VERY VERY BAD PEOPLE that walk among us.