Abduction Suspect's Identity Fools Even Her Children, Feds Say
Posted March 25, 2006 11:00 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — A missing children's case took a strange twist Friday when authorities said the alleged abductor had disguised herself as a man -- misleading even the children who had been abducted for nearly three years.
Two children -- then ages 3 and 5 -- disappeared from their father from Globe, Ariz., in the summer of 2003. On Friday, officials received a tip that the children's mother had them in Roanoke Rapids.
U.S. Marshals went to a house there Friday and found the two children. They arrested Shellie Karnes, 30, who is their mother.
However, authorities said that Karnes was impersonating a man.
"They arrested a man and woman, but as it turns out the man was impersonating a man who was actually the mother of the children," said Charles Reavis, a U.S. Marshal. "The children thought the lady who was representing herself as a man was actually their father and the children thought the lady in the house was actually the mother."
The other woman who was at the house -- who the children believed was their mother -- has not been charged.