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Father questions lack of charges in Durham boy's disappearance

Posted April 6, 2011 4:33 p.m. EDT
Updated April 6, 2011 7:03 p.m. EDT

— 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.

"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.