Sisters missing for 31 years discovered in Houston; mother arrested

Jan 18, 2017, 00:55

Two children reported missing in 1985 have been located in the Houston area, according to Rhode Island State Police.

Elaine Yates allegedly abducted her two daughters, Kimberly and Kelly Yates, from Warwick on August 26, 1985.

It's believed his wife Elaine Yates left home with their children in 1985 due to a domestic dispute and never returned. The girls were 3 years old and 10 months old at the time. Elaine Yates, who had been living in Houston under the name Leina Waldberg, was arrested on Monday without incident and faces arraignment Wednesday in Rhode Island on a fugitive charge. After confirming her true identity, the mother, who is now 69 years old, was charged. As of Tuesday, she was en route to Rhode Island, after waiving extradition and being arraigned in Houston, police said.

Her sister Kimberly was 3 and is now 35.

As part of his efforts to find his daughters, Yates sued his mother-in-law in civil court, leading to an eight-day jailhouse stay in 1990 for then-77-year-old Mary Pigeon after a judge ruled she lied on the stand when she admitted to twice talking to her daughter but claimed not to know where they were then living. "Now at least, it's up to them to get in touch with me", Russell Yates told reporters. He also acknowledged punching her while they argued.

Officials were able to locate the family after receiving an anonymous tip on December 23, 2016, police said. He added that Russel Yates had obtained a court order giving him custody of the missing children on November 18, 1985 and had taken the complaint to state police.

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