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(NECN: Lauren Collins, Plaistow, NH) - It was one of the hundreds of tips that poured in that led authorities to scour the hotels of Orlando, Fla.
“They went to numerous places showing pictures, asking questions, and they developed additional leads that led them to Universal Studios,” says U.S. Marshal David Cargill.
Roland Dow is accused of abusing Jessica Linscott’s 3-year-old son James. She’s charged with endangering a child. Plaistow, N.H. Police say they took off nearly two weeks ago after they dropped the boy off at a local hospital. The couple was arrested while watching a parade at a family theme park.
The irony is not lost on Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams.
“(It’s) Pretty amazing to me. My reaction is just like everybody else’s reaction. It’s hard to believe.”
U.S. Marshals had boots on the ground up and down the eastern seaboard and tracked leads to New York and Atlantic City. The already thick file against the couple continues to grow and anyone who helped them could also face charges.
“Helping them,” stresses Reams, “means taking any steps that would hinder our apprehension of them.”
Dow and Linscott are due in court in Florida Friday to face fugitive from justice charges. If they waive extradition, they’ll be back in New Hampshire in about a week. The thoughts of the officers who personally committed themselves to the couple’s capture are with the little boy.
“He’s the only hero here, and it’s not you and it’s not me and it’s not these guys. When each of you go back to your homes tonight, I want you to give your children hugs and kisses. It’s a special time of the year for them,” says Plaistow Police Chief Stephen Savage.
James, now in state custody, continues to recover from multiple surgeries and brain damage.