SBI aids in search for missing Durham boy, woman
Posted March 30, 2011 3:48 p.m. EDT
Durham, N.C. — The State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist in the search for a Durham boy and woman who have been missing for weeks.
Jadon Higganbothan, 5, hasn't been seen since October, while Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, 28, 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 with a group of people, including McKoy, police said.
Police have searched the home several times in recent weeks for evidence in the case, and they returned to the home Wednesday, along with SBI agents and members of the Durham Fire Department.
Firefighters took what appeared to be a case of tools inside the house, but a spokeswoman for the department declined to comment.
Police have declined to comment for weeks on their investigation.
Last week, more than a dozen police investigators searched some nearby woods, near the intersection of So Hi Drive and Ed Cook Road, for evidence. It was unclear what they were searching for in the woods or whether they found anything.
Search warrants from the Teller County Sheriff's Office in Colorado state that Sisk moved to the Colorado Springs area with members of the Black Hebrews, a religious sect that believes it descends directly from the ancient tribes of Israel.
Colorado authorities said they became involved in the case last month when Durham police asked them about the whereabouts of Jadon and Sisk.
Sisk has since spoken to authorities in Colorado and Durham police. She told local investigators that she left Jadon with an acquaintance on Feb. 20, but police said her statements were inconsistent.
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.
Sisk hasn't been charged in her son's disappearance, but she was charged last month with possession of marijuana. She failed to show up for a recent court hearing, and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
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.