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Dad of Girls Missing 31 Years Waiting for Call

Dad of Girls Missing 31 Years Waiting for Call

Rhode Island State Police say they have located two children reported missing in 1985 and arrested a non-custodial parent wanted for snatching them. Her mother, Mary Pigeon, was jailed in 1990 for eight days after refusing to reveal her daughter's whereabouts.

Rhode Island State Police Lt. Col. Joseph F Philbin told the Providence Journal authorities won't be releasing the names Kimberly, now 35, and Kelly, aged 32, are now living under.

Their mother, Elaine Carolyn Yates, was later charged with two counts of child snatching.

Rhode Island State Police say they have arrested the mother of two girls abducted more than 30 years ago.

Elaine Yates had been living in Houston under the name Leina Waldberg according to police
Elaine Yates had been living in Houston under the name Leina Waldberg according to police

The next day Yates' husband, Russell Yates, filed a missing person's report with the police. They worked with the Texas Department of Public Safety to find Elaine Yates living in Houston, Texas under the assumed name Leina Waldberg. But it wasn't until they received the anonymous tip that they cracked the case. After confirming her true identity, the mother, who is now 69 years old, was charged. He said they compared their photos with baby photos to help identify them.

Their father, who had been granted custody, was "relieved" to learn they had been located, officials said.

Philbin would not comment on where the family had been since 1985 and said he did not know when they got to Houston.

As for the mother - whose assumed name, Leina, is almost an anagram for her given name, Elaine - Philbin said she had been successful in getting away with her crime for 31 years. She waived extradition and is now being transported back to Rhode Island, where a formal arraignment will be held. Instead, his desires are simple, "I just want to see my kids".

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