Abducted children found after 6 years

LILLINGTON, N.C. — Two girls abducted more than six years ago were
reunited with their father this week after they were found during a
traffic stop, the FBI said Friday.

Authorities said the girls, ages 6 and 8 at the time of the abduction,
were picked up by their mother, Joyce Linda Murray Steyne, and her
brother, Stephen Kirk Murray, on Dec. 17, 1999, from their father’s home.

Despite a court order, the girls were not returned, authorities said.

The girls, whom the FBI did not identify by name, were found in a car
during a traffic stop Thursday.

The FBI said Mrs. Steyne, 45, is charged with removal of minor children
in North Carolina in violation of a custody order and an unlawful flight
to avoid prosecution. Authorities were still searching for Mr. Murray,
the FBI said.

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