Abducted Salina girl, 8, found safe in Thailand and returned home; dad faces charges

Source: Syracuse.com

Salina, NY — A Salina girl, abducted by her father in 2007, has returned home after being found safe in Thailand, according to Onondaga County sheriff’s deputies.

Deonna Shipman, now 8, was found in Bangkok last month with her father, Jeffery Shipman, 51, who did not have custody of the girl, said Sgt. John D’Eredita.

Jeffery Shipman was found Feb. 24 and arrested on an FBI warrant on international parental kidnapping charges, D’Eredita said. He was arraigned in Los Angeles. Shipman had been on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.

Deonna Shipman has been returned to Onondaga County and is healthy, D’Eredita said. Her mother, Lioubov Shipman has been studying nursing in Russia, said Sheriff Kevin Walsh.

The sheriff said Lioubov Shipman had given up her apartment here, but still had items in storage. He didn’t know if she had other family in the area.

Lioubov Shipman is on her way back from Russia to reunite with her daughter.

Jeffery Shipman is being held by US Marshals and will eventually be sent back to Onondaga County to face charges, deputies said.

The FBI is handling the case, with deputies assisting.

Walsh said that deputies tracked the Shipmans to the Rochester airport after their disappearance in July 2007. When deputies found out that the Shipmans’ destination was England, they got the FBI involved, Walsh said.

He did not know how the FBI tracked them down in Thailand.

Read our coverage of this story from 2007:

• Deputies seek Salina dad, daughter who are missing

• FBI to compare missing Salina girl’s DNA with Texas body

• Father may have fled country with girl, investigators say


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