Waterville police thank outside agencies for helping solve family abduction

5:50 PM, Aug 19, 2013   |    comments
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WATERVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's the ending police were hoping for: BethMarie Retamozzo was caught late Saturday night, and all three of her children are safe; but Waterville police say it could have been a much different outcome without a few lucky breaks and plenty of outside help.

This story begins on a Thursday afternoon around 1 o'clock. Police say Retamozzo had a supervised visit with two of her children, who are currently under the care of their grandmother.

She loaded her kids in her van in Waterville, with plans to meet the supervisor at a park in Fairfield, but instead took off.

By the time the disappearance was reported to police, and it was determined Retamozzo did not have legal right to take the children, it was late into Thursday night, and police already didn't have much information to go by.

They enlisted the help of other agencies like Maine Information and Analysis Center and the Maine State Police to help track Retamozzo's cellphone. Each time she used it, they pegged her GPS location, getting closer and closer.

In the meantime, detectives were able to find out that Retamozzo has family in both New York and Florida, so they knew she was likely headed south; they finally caught her in South Carolina around 10:15 Saturday night.

Waterville police are working on getting Retamozzo extradicted back to Maine to face two charges of criminal restraint by a parent. In the meantime, the grandmother, whose name has not been released by police, has gone to South Carolina to bring the kids home.



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