October 7th, 2010
12:55 PM ET

Authorities find woman, daughter she allegedly snatched in 1984

A former New Jersey woman now living in Nevada was arrested on suspicion of abducting her daughter during a custody struggle more than 25 years ago, authorities said.

Nancy Dunsavage Fiedler, 57, of Incline Village, Nevada, was arrested Tuesday, according to the Somerset County, New Jersey, Prosecutor's Office and the Washoe County, Nevada, Sheriff's Office. She is accused of fleeing a courthouse in Somerville, New Jersey, with her then-6-year-old daughter, Eva Marie Fiedler, during a custody hearing on August 23, 1984.

At the time, the girl's father had full custody of her, according to New Jersey prosecutors. On June 28, 1985, Nancy Fiedler failed to appear for an arraignment on charges of interference with custody, and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

The case resurfaced Tuesday, when Eva Marie Fiedler, now 32, attempted to change her name to Melissa Reed in order to obtain a marriage license in Washoe County, Somerset County prosecutors said in a release. A background check found a listing in the National Crime Information Center for Eva Marie Fiedler as a missing child out of New Jersey.

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  1. Elle

    Wow, scary stuff.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Alex

    While it's great that no harm came to the child back then, I still feel for the father. My own daughter just turned 6 and if I never had the chance to see her again for the rest of her childhood, it would just about kill me.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. silvershado

    Custody battles are always wrenching. Even when peacefully resolved- like the children's tale, Heidi.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Renessa

    This is both good and bad. Good to know this fathers daughter is alive and well. However,it is bad because he missed out on seein her grow up and accomplish goals through out her life. Plus the fact she had no idea about what her Mother had done. This poor lady I would think is feeling like her entire life was a lie.But this brings to my mind why the mother ran with her child? I know the father must be thrilled as the rest of the family,but my heart goes out to this girl having to dealwith this lie shehas lived.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Renessa

    This is both good and bad. Good to know this fathers daughter is alive and well. However,it is bad because he missed out on seeing her grow up and accomplish goals through out her life. Plus the fact she had no idea about what her Mother had done. This poor lady I would think is feeling like her entire life was a lie.But this brings to my mind why the mother ran with her child? I know the father must be thrilled as the rest of the family,but my heart goes out to this girl having to deal with this lie she has lived.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rotgut

      Nothing like a domestic dispute to really show how screwed up humans are....

      October 7, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bonnie

    a lifetime. the father will never get that back. sooo sad. if he is a good father they will have a lot of catching up to do. the law won.

    October 7, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. millard

    I just think its a shame,fathers should have better visitation rights.

    October 8, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse | Reply

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