By JO ANN BOBBY GILBERT
ISLE OF PALMS–A parental abduction case that started more than three
years ago in California and spanned the country ended here today after
police arrested the mother and took custody of the child, said Lt. Ray
Wright of the Isle of Palms Police Department.
Jonea Marie Rogers, 44, who had been living under the name Maria Belo,
was arrested Tuesday at a gas station across from the Isle of Palms
Police Department, Wright said, following a home surveillance by police.
Her daughter, Hannah Marie Stone, 7, was with her at the time, Wright
On Aug. 8, 2000, Hannah was taken from San Rafael, Calif., according to
the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The FBI issued a
warrant for Rogers charging unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Rogers,
who did not have legal custody, abducted the child to keep her away from
her father, Wright said.
The two had been living at a Palm Court residence since late August or
early September 2003, Wright said.
During the past three years, they have lived in various places around the
country, including Montana and Louisiana, Wright said. Police think
Rogers was planning to move to Vermont in the next few months, according
Isle of Palms police were tipped off when someone recognized the pair at
Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, according to Wright. The informant
had recently seen them on the missing children center’s Web site, Wright
Rogers will likely waive her extradition rights and be taken back to
California to face abduction charges, Wright said.
She is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center by the FBI,
according to Wright.”Authorities are coming from California to return the
child to the state, but not necessarily to her father,” Wright said.
“That will be up to the courts to decide.”