Florida abduction ends in Murfreesboro

Published 10:43 am Tuesday, March 27, 2012

MURFREESBORO – The case of a missing child from Florida ended hundreds of miles away in Murfreesboro on Friday.

Jaime Sicoli, 27, of 407 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, is currently being held without bond in the Hertford County Jail where she awaits extradition to Tarpon Springs, FL. There she will answer charges for allegedly abducting her son, Noah Elsesser, a three-year-old who is in the legal custody of his father.

Jaime Sicoli is held without bond in Winton awaiting extradition to Florida.

The non-custodial abduction took place on Feb. 4. A felony warrant was issued for Sicoli on March 20 by the Tarpon Springs Police Department.

“We received a tip that a missing child from Florida was living here in Murfreesboro,” said Murfreesboro Police Chief Darrell Rowe. “We acted immediately after receiving that tip and set up surveillance. Shortly thereafter we spotted the mother that was listed as wanted for non-custodial abduction.”

Rowe said Sicoli was approached by his officers while she was at a local business at around 4:30 p.m. on March 23. After the officers informed Sicoli of the information they had regarding the case, she accompanied the lawmen back to her residence where they found the child.

“The child was in good health….he had been taken well care of,” Rowe said. “We then transported the mother and the child to the police department.”

Rowe said Hertford County DSS (Child Protective Services) was contacted and the child was placed in their care.

“We contacted the Tarpon Springs Police to inform them of what took place here in Murfreesboro and that the child was okay,” Rowe said.

Noah Elsesser was taken from his Tarpon Springs, FL home on Feb. 4.

He added the last information he had from Hertford County DSS was that the father was en route from Florida to take custody of his son. Tarpon Springs is located north of St. Petersburg, FL on the Gulf Coast.

Rowe said he was unsure of how long Sicoli had been living in Murfreesboro. He added she is not a native of the local area.

“We very much appreciate the tip we received and are extremely happy that this particular case ended without incident,” Rowe said. “I can’t think of a more emotional case for a police officer than to discover a missing or abducted child and find that child in good health.”


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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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