Mom, Sect Leader In Missing Boy Case Arrested

Peter Moses, Vania Sisk Arrested In Durham, N.C.

A woman from Colorado and a religious sect leader linked to the purported deaths of two people were arrested after police surrounded a house in Durham, N.C. on Tuesday.

Peter Lucas Moses Jr., 27, is considered the leader of a religious sect called the Black Hebrews. He was arrested on a number of charges, including second-degree kidnapping and assault on a female, according to police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

Also arrested was Vania Sisk, 25, of Colorado Springs, who is charged with failure to appear in court and an earlier misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

Court documents show investigators have evidence that Sisk and Moses were involved in two murders, although no murder charges have been filed. The alleged murder victims are Sisk's 6-year-old son, Jadon Higganbothan, and another sect member, Antoinetta McKoy.

An informant told police in North Carolina that Moses was angrily pacing the sect's house in Durham in October 2010, called for Jadon, took him to the basement and turned on loud music, according to the search warrants. The informant said a gunshot was heard shortly thereafter, the search warrants said.

The informant told police he later saw the boy's body wrapped in plastic, stuffed in a suitcase and placed in the attic of the home.

The warrants also said Moses gave Sisk a gun and told her to shoot McKoy, which she did.

McKoy's family said they haven't heard from her in months.

A warrant released last week in North Carolina said authorities searched the Durham home where Sisk and Moses once lived, finding a bullet, shell casings and possible human blood. The document said Sisk and Moses participated in killing an unnamed adult and a juvenile.

Detectives in Durham said the sect members then moved to Teller County in Colorado.

Teller County deputies visited the group on Feb. 23.

Deputies found Sisk later that day at a Walmart. Sisk told police she left Jadon in North Carolina with a friend on Feb. 20.

It is not known when Sisk left Colorado and returned to North Carolina.

"You can run, but you can't run for long," said Jadon's father, Jamiel Higganbothan. "I'm just glad because maybe now they can tell us exactly where Jadon is, what they did with him. That will give me some kind of sense of closure."

Jamiel Higganbothan lives in Georgia, but he grew up in Colorado Springs and his mother and two sisters still live there, according to KRDO-TV.

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