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Missing Durham woman found in Colorado

Posted February 28, 2011 4:45 p.m. EST
Updated March 2, 2011 10:13 a.m. EST

— A woman at the center of a two-state mystery was located in Colorado Monday evening, authorities said, but it was unclear if her missing son was also found.

Vania Rae Sisk, 25, recently moved from Durham to Colorado Springs, and investigators in Colorado said they got a call from Durham police about a missing 5-year-old boy. A missing persons report hasn't been filed with Durham police, so it's unclear who reported the boy missing.

Durham police declined to answer questions about the case on Monday, saying only that they are working with Colorado authorities.

An online search links the home at 2109 Pear Tree Lane in Durham to Sisk, and a neighbor said investigators have gone through the home for several days.

Authorities went to a Colorado Springs home last Wednesday to ask Sisk about the missing boy, but neither she nor her son was there. Colorado Springs police said nine other children were taken from the home and placed in the custody of the Teller County, Colo., Department of Social Services.

The other children are also believed to have connections to the Durham area, authorities said, and they might be sent back to North Carolina. It was unclear where the children were on Monday.

The Department of Social Services in Durham declined to answer any questions about the case.

Shiela Moses told KKTV in Colorado Springs that she was in the house when investigators arrived.

"They came and took my kids that had nothing to do with this," Moses said.

Others in the home said they met Sisk only recently and that, at some point, she left them a note.

"She said that she has no will, that she was hurt. They took her two kids, and she can't let them get her boy," Leonard Moses said, recounting the contents of the note.

Sisk's MySpace page doesn't show any recent postings. It notes that she lives in Colorado Springs, is the mother of two boys, Jadon and PeShawn, and makes reference to some tough days.

Colorado investigators said Sisk missed a child custody hearing with DSS last week.